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VOL. 56 JANUARY, 2009 No. 1 

"And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the 
Saviour of the world." (I John 4:14) 


He came to my desk with quivering lip— 

The lesson was done. 
"Dear Teacher, I want a new leaf," he said; 

Pve spoiled this one." 

I took the old leaf, stained and blotted. 

And gave him a new one all unspotted. 

And into his sad eyes smiled, 

"Do better, now, my child." 

I went to the throne with a quivering soul— 

The old year was done. 
"Dear Father, hast Thou a new leaf for me? 

IVe spoiled this one." 

He took the old leaf, stained and blotted. 

And gave me a new one all unspotted. 

And iato my sad heart smiled, 

"Do better, now. My child." 


THE HLGRIM is a religious magazitie published in the iateresls of the members of the Old 
Brethren Churdi. Subscripticji rate: $7.50peryear. Sample copies sent free oa request. 
Publishing editor: LesEe Cover 
Address: THE PILGRJM, 19201 Cherokee Road, Tuolumne, CA 95379 


As I write, the light of the first day of 2009 is just breaking. 
What will take place in this new year? It hes ahead hke an 
unbroken trail, new snow, or a blank page to write on. Where 
will we be at the end of 2009? What will be our goals, 
attitudes, our intentions? We change, we adjust, we try to 
accept our lot. But God does not change. "Jesus Christ the 
same yesterday, today, and forever. " 

Knowing this and knowmg the power and love of our Lord, 
what should be our resolutions as we beghi another year? Can 
we say that God is good? Are we satisfied to hve m His will? 
And what is His will for us? We don't have to go far to find 
out. The history of God's people is unmistakable. When thev 
submitted to His will, they were blessed. When they rebel 
serving "other gods," they suffered His disfavor. Reaa 
Deuteronomy 27 and 28 where God details the blessiags and 
the cursings. 

Is our relationship to Him similar today? Now we are 
privileged to be sons and daughters of God but with even more 
responsibihty. Hebrews 2:1-3 mcludes this question; "How 
shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation?" Our duty is 
not quite the same as theirs was because we are not under the 
same covenant. Theirs was a covenant of works: "... Cursed 
is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in 
the book of the law to do them. " (Gal. 3:10) The new covenant 
features God's grace. The laws of God are in the heart and sins 
are forgiven. How blest we are! How responsible! 

"Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but 
according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of 
regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost." (Titus 3:5) 


Under the new covenant we serve without condenmation. 
"There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in 
Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spnit." 
(Romans 8:1) This does not mean we can do as we please- 
quite the opposite. By His help we can walk after the Spirit. 

So again, what resolutions should we make as we enter 
2009? If we understand our need, we will resolve to Mve closer 
to Him. If we understand our need, we wiU fear being drawn 
into the ways of the world. 

When I was in IW service over fifty years ago, the IW boys 
ate together in the hospital cafeteria. From different churches 
and backgrounds, these boys had interesting discussions. I 
remember one boy responding to statements of the others with 
"Define your terms!" It is unportant to understand each other 
and not always use generalities. 

So, what do we mean by "hving closer to Him"? It means 
living unselfishly for others. Jesus said, "Inasmuch as ye have 
done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done 
it unto me." It means studying His Word to know Him better. 
It means praying for His counsel and praising Him for His grace 
and mercy. 

And what do we mean by "fearing to be drawn into the 
ways of the world." John writes to "love not the world." James 
4:4 says, ". . .whosoever therefore will be a fiiend of the world 
is the enemy of God." Peter says our adorning should not be 
plaitmg the hair, wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel- 
things that are unportant to the world. They draw attention. 
He says we should be adorned (or decorated) with a meek and 
quiet spirit; this spirit is of great price-valuable in the sight of 

We also should fear for our children. They are exposed to 
even more temptation than we older ones were. As parents we 
are directed to bring up our children m the fear of the Lord. 
More generahties, but there are real dangers out there m the 


areas of internet, cell phones that have potential for good or 
evil, music and entertainments that are habit-forming and 
demanding. How responsible we older ones are to teach and 
set good examples. Another call for resolutions to raise our 

As the year begins, let the Holy Sphit direct us in ma kin g 
and keeping good resolves. May we grow in hohness and 
Christ-hkeness in 2009. --L.C. 

Of the Love of Jesus Above All Things 

Blessed is he that understandeth what it is to love Jesus, and 
to despise himself for Jesus' sake. Thou oughtest to leave thy 
beloved, for thy Beloved; for that Jesus wih be loved alone 
above all things. The love of things created is deceitful and 
inconstant; the love of Jesus is faithiiil and persevering. He that 
cleaveth unto a creature, shall fall with that which is subject to 
fall; he that embraceth Jesus shall be strong for ever. 

2. Love Him, and keep Him for thy fiiend, who, when aU 
go away, wiU not forsake thee, nor suffer thee to perish in the 
end. Some time or other thou must be separated from aU, 
whether thou wilt or no. Keep close to Jesus both in life and m 
death, and commit thyself imto His faithfixhiess, who, when all 
fail, can alone help thee. 

Thy Beloved is of that nature, that He wiU admit of no rival; 
but will have thy heart alone, and sit on His throne as King, ff 
thou couldest empty thyself perfectly from all creatures, Jesus 
would willingly dwell with thee. 

3. Whatsoever thou reposest in men, out of Jesus, thou 
shalt find ahnost wholly lost. Trust not nor lean upon a reed 
shaken by the wmd; for that aU flesh is grass, and all the glory 
thereof shall wither away as the flower of grass. 


Quickly shalt thou be deceived, if thou only look to the 
outward appearance of men. For if in others thou seekest thy 
comfort and profit, thou shah too often feel loss. If thou 
seekest in all things Jesus, thou shah surely find Jesus. But if 
thou seekest thyself, thou shah also find thyself, but to thme 
own destruction. For man is more hurtfiil to himself if he seek 
not Jesus, than the whole world and aU his adversaries. 

Thomas A Kempis 


I never dreamed he was a thief when I let him come mto our 
Hving room. I had reservations on the truth of many of his 
stories, but his experiences excited me. I invited him to come 
back the foUowing night. 

My wife reminded me his return visit conflicted with 
midweek prayer meetuig. "I should attend," I confessed, "but I 
must stand by the mvitation I have given this friend." 

She was reluctant to accept him "I just don't trust him." 
she confided. She grew steadily more concerned as he took up 
more of our family hfe. 

My enthe day was boring, compared to my evenings with 
this character. He had an imagination that was captivatmg. I 
would sit and laugh myself sick at his experiences. His scrapes 
with the law were absolutely breathtakmg. 

He had quite an effect on my teenage son and my nine-year- 
old daughter, too. They just couldn't wait to catch his latest 
quip or some hair-raismg tale. They would have stayed up all 
hours if we had aUowed it. 

I began to worry about this feUow's presence m our home, 
especiaUy when he boasted of unmoral sex adventures. 

And then it came. One day I missed several of my books. 
"This fellow may be something of a thief," I concluded. "If he 


is, who can tell what else he's taken?" I decided to check with 
my neighbors. Sure enough, he had taken things from them, 

I was amazed by his subtle maneuvers. In one home he had 
entered as a rehgious teacher. In fact, Sunday and midweek 
church service time was spent with this feUow. A salesman 
down the block knew him as an efficiency expert— "Something a 
successftil business can put to use." 

To these people I suggested a check of then belongings. 
Most were missing something. At one home it was Christian 
magazines. In another, the Bible. 

Fiaally, I reahzed that my visitor was afflicted with 
kleptomania. Like an inveterate thief, he had stolen my books, 
magaziaes, and time. But the chief thing missing was my 
closeness to Christ. 

Kleptomaniacs are not always dehberately bad. Even this 
one might profitably drop in with his tidbits of news and a 
helpfiil word. But you must keep your eyes open, or he will 
continuaUy steal things. 

Has he been in yoiur home? He's best known by his initials: 

I wonder: What has TV stolen from you? Time? 
Devotions? Good reading? Wholesome conversation? Church 
attendance? Check your hst and see. You may be very 
surprised at what you'U find missing. 

By Don W. HiUis. 
From Vera Overholt's Scrapbook of Ideas #2 


Susanna K. Tate: P.O.Box 238 

Wakamsa, IN 46573 
(574) 344-9683 


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At evening time it shall be light. 

I'm growing very old. This weary head 

That hath so often leaned on Jesus' breast 

In days long past that seem almost a dream. 

These hmbs that followed Him~my Master-oft 

From Gahlee to Judah, that stood 

Beneath the cross, and trembled with His groans, 

Refixse to bear me even through the streets 

To preach unto my children. E'en my hps 

Refiise to fi)rm the words my heart sends forth. 

Of my dear children gathered round my couch; 

God lays His hand upon me~yea, His hand 

And not His rod-the gentle hand that I 

Feh, those three years, so often pressed in mine, 

In friendship such as passeth woman's love. 

I'm old; so old I cannot recollect 

The faces of my friends; and I forget 

The words and deeds that make up daily hfe, 

But that dear face, and every word He spoke, 

Grow more distinct as others fade away, 

So that I live with Him and holy dead 

More than with hving. 

Some seventy years ago 
I was a fisher by the sacred sea. 
It was at sunset. How the tranquil tide 
Bathed dreamily the pebbles! How the Ught 
Crept up the distant hills, and m its wake.. 
Soft puiple shadows wrapped the dewy fields! 


And then He came and called me. Then I gazed 
For the first time on that sweet face. 

Those eyes, 
From out of which, as from a window, shone j 

Divinity, looked on my inmost soul, « 

And lighted it forever. Then His words 
Broke on the silence of my heart and made 
The whole world musical. Incamate Love 
Took hold of me and claimed me for its own. 
I foUowed in the twihght, holding fast His mantle. 

O, what holy walks we had. 
Through harvest fields, and desolate dreary wastes! 
Wearied and wayworn. I was yoimg and strong, 
And so upbore Him. Lord, now I am weak. 
And old, and feeble! Let me rest on Thee! 
So, put Thine arm around me. Closer still! 
How strong Thou art! The twihght draws apace. 
Come, let us leave these noisy streets and take 
The path to Bethany; for Mary's smile 
Awaits us at the gate, and Martha's hands 
Have long prepared the evening meal. 
Come, James, the Master waits; and Peter, see 
Has gone some steps before. 

What say you, fiiends? 
That this is Ephesus, and Christ has gone 

Back to His kingdom? Ay, 'tis so, 'tis so. I 

I know it aU; and yet, just now, I seemed ] 

To stand once more upon my native hiUs, 
And touch my Master. Oh, how oft I've seen 
The touching of His garments bring back strength 
To palsied hmbs! I feel it has to mine. 


Up! bear me once more to my church! Once more 
There let me tell them of a Saviour's love; 
For, by the sweetness of my Master's voice 
Just now I think He must be very near- 
Coming, I trust, to break the veil, which time 
Has worn so thin that I can see beyond. 
And watch His footsteps. 

So, raise my head. 
How dark it is! I cannot seem to see 
The faces of my flock. Is that the sea 
That murmurs so, or is it weeping? Hush, 
My httle children! God so loved the world 
He gave His Son. So love ye one another. 
Love God and man. Amen. Now bear me back. 
My legacy unto an angry world is this. 
I feel my work is finished. Are the streets so fiill? 
What, call the folk my name? The Holy John. Nay, 
Write me rather, Jesus Christ's beloved. 
And lover of my children. 

Lay me down 
Once more upon my couch, and open wide 
The eastern wmdow. See, there comes a hght 
Like that which broke upon my soul at eve. 
When, m the dreary Isle of Patmos, Gabriel came 
And touched me on the shoulder. See it grows 
As when we mounted toward the pearly gates. 
I know the way! I trod it once before. 
And hark! It is the song the ransomed sang 
Of glory to the Lamb! How loud it sounds! 
And that unwritten one—methioks my soul 
Can jom it now. But who are these who crowd 
The Shining way? Say! —joy! 'tis the eleven, 



With Peter first! How eagerly he looks! 
How bright the snules are beaming on James' face! 
I am the last. Once more we are complete 
To gather round the Pascal feast. My place 
Is next my Master. O my Lord, my Lord! 
How bright Thou art! and yet the very same 
I loved in Galilee! 'Tis worth the hundred years 
To feel this bhss! So lift me up, dear Lord. 
Unto Thy bosom. There shall I abide. 

By HIS.B in The Sword and Trumpet. 

I have only just a minute, 
Only sixty seconds in it. 
Forced upon me, can't refiise it. 
Didn't seek it—didn't choose it. 
But it's up to me to use it. 
And I suffer if I lose it. 
Give account if I abuse it; 
I have only just a minute 
But eternity is in it. 


Happy New Year! For many this is renewal tune. Let us 
know if you are staying with us. We send free samples on 
request. Our rate for 2009 is a donation of $7.50. 

To those who support us prayerfiilly, send insphational 
writings, and generous financial assistance we say "Thank 
You." Our Yellow Creek Congregation faithftiUy helps with 
our losses. 

Thank you to BiU Miller for our mailing labels and Sarah 
Martin for updates and the index. 

Pray for us. The time is short. "Now therefore, O God, 
strengthen my hands." (Nehemiah 6:9) 

Leshe and Martha Cover 



DR. THOMAS R. ANDERSON, 54, of Delphi died 
unexpectedly at 6:40 a.m. Thursday, November 27, 2008, in 
Logansport Memorial Hospital, Indiana. 

Bom June 14, 1954, in Jacksonville, Illinois, he was the son 
of Orieda Horn Anderson and the late Howard Anderson. He 
was married December 30, 1978, in Burrows, to Lucinda A. 
"Cindy" Been, who survives. 

He was a 1972 graduate of high school in Clinton, Iowa. 
He received his B.A. hi biology from Northwestern University 
in 1978, his M.D. from the University of Iowa in 1982 and 
finished his residency in family practice in 1985 at Ball 
Memorial Hospital, Muncie, Indiana. 

He started in the emergency room at St. Elizabeth Hospital, 
Lafayette, then joined Amett Health, working in Lafayette and 
Delphi. He began family practice in Delphi in 1985, then 
opened his own ofl&ce in Camden in 1990. 

Dr. Anderson was a one-of-a-kind physician, delivering 
babies at home and caring for his patients at his home. He not 
only was their doctor, but he bonded with them and had lasting 
friendships that went way beyond doctor-patient care. 

He was a member of the American Medical Association, the 
American Academy of Family Practitioners. He was a member 
of the Hickory Grove Church and enjoyed singing m the church 
choir. He enjoyed makuig pottery, vegetable gardening, 
beekeeping, cooking and woodworking. He dearly loved his 
family and the time he spent with them. 

Also surviving are daughters, Martha and Dan Long, West 
Lafayette, and Lily A. Anderson, at home; sons, Ben and 
Amanda Anderson, Erie, Pennsylvania, and Sam H. Anderson- 
Been, at home; mother, Orieda Anderson, MoUne, Dhnois; 
sister, Judith and Richard Franing, Moline, Illinois; brothers, 
John and Maiyann Anderson, Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Ed and 


Elizabetli Anderson, Concord, Illinois; and in-laws, Herbert and 
Mildred Been, Delphi. 

He was preceded in death by his father. 

Pastor Ken Smith officiated at the service held Sunday in 
First Assembly of God Church, Pittsburgh. Burial was in 
Brown Church Cemetery, Rockfield. 

Dr. Anderson wiU be greatly missed by his patients and 
fiiends near and far. 


Not yet attained! But still my feet are pressing 
Toward those heights which lie outstretched before; 
That which the past has held of heavenly blessing 
Will not suffice; I hunger stiU for more. 
And now as dawns for me one more new year. 
So grant, O Lord, 'twill bring me yet more near. 

More near to Thee! Yea, Lord, and ever nearer, 

Forgetting all the things now left behind; 

My aim is higher ground, with vision clearer, 

To see Thee close, though steep the path may wind. 

Forgive, O Lord, the blindness of the past; 

Be stUl my guide, I pray, and hold me fast! 

"One thing I do!" My time cannot be squandered 

In grieving o'er mistakes of years now gone; 

Though in side paths my feet have oft times wandered, 

Yet reach I forward stiU—Lord, help me on! 

And grant this year, in mercy given to me. 

May lead to untrod heights, close, close to Thee. 

By Pearl Howard 



Twelve Spies and Giants 

We siiig, "Twelve men went to spy on Canaan, Ten were 
bad, and two were good." The two good spies, Joshua and 
Caleb, saw the very same things the ten bad spies saw. All 
twelve saw giants, big and tall! In fact, the Bible says that the 
spies felt like grasshoppers beside these giants. 

Think for a mmute about the grasshoppers you are familiar 
with, and think how big you are compared to them. Even a 
one-year-old, if he were quick enough, could step on a 
grasshopper and crush it. Now think about being beside 
someone you know that is very taU. If you didn't know that 
person was kind, wovddn't it be scary to stay beside him? He 
could easily pick you up and do whatever he wanted to do to 

These spies were not children. They were grown men, and 
some of them might have been as taU as the tallest person you 
know. But the giants were ever so much taller, wider, and 
stronger. In fact, one notable giant, Og King of Bashan's bed 
was nine cubits long, or thirteen and a half feet long. It was as 
wide as my bed is long, and over twice as long as my bed. I 
t hink the giants could have been twice as taU as men we know. 
Do you blame the "bad" spies for being scared? 

Why do we call the ten spies "bad" and Joshua and Caleb 
"good"? We might say it was their attitudes. Or, whether or 
not they had faith in God. As the song says, "Some saw God 
was over all." That was what Joshua and Caleb saw and 
beheved. The other ten spies shrunk back in fear, not having 
faith in God's power. They weren't "bad" because they did 
mean, ugly things. They were "bad" because they didn't trust 
God, and because they tried to discourage everyone else and 



keep them from doing what God wanted the Israehtes to do, 
which was to enter Canaan and conquer those giants. 

Even so today. We have bad men and good men. The bad 
men do not have faith in God's great power and abihty to 
conquer the giants they face. Therefore, they give up and live 
wicked hves far away from God and His will. 

The good men have faith in God. They trust God to do 
what He has said m His Word, and they love God because they 
can trust Hun to take care of them and save their souls. 

Which will you be? A fearftil, bad spy? Or, a faithfiil, 
trusting spy? You can decide now to be faithfixl and trusting, 
and your parents will help you to grow up to be just that. 

Linda Frick 
Gettysburg, Ohio 












VOL. 56 FEBRUARY, 2009 No. 2 

"And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the 
Saviour of the world." (I John 4: 14) 


Humility, thou secret vale, 
Unknown to proud in heart; 
Where showers of blessing never fail, 
And glories ne'er depart. 

HumUity, how pure thy place! 
Thou seat of hoUness! 
Thou door of entrance into grace 
And everlasting bhss! 

Hunuhty, how calm the breast 
That knows thy peace subhme! 
Within thy courts ovu perfect rest 
Grows sweeter all the time, 

Humility, thou shoreless sen 
Of perfect love so deep I 
Thy crystal waters cover me, 
My helpless soul to keep. 

Oh, make thy blest abode with me. 
Thou angel of the sky; 
If I may ever dwell with thee 
My soul shall never die. 

By WiUiam G. ScheU from the Christian Hymnal 

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It has been cold. We talk of cold weather, cold water, a 
cold house. Cold is the absence of heat, and, strange as it may 
seem, things that feel cold stiU have some heat. One of om" 
questions in science was, "Which contains more heat, an iceberg 
or a drop of molten iron?" Questions hke this are about the 
physical, but I would hke to make some comparisons. 

God wants us to be warm in the Spirit. To be cold is to be 
indifferent to conditions around us. It is not a comphment to 
say, "That person is so cold!" We want to be warm and 
friendly. We even hear of those "on fire" for God. We mean 
they are zealous— active and concerned about God's wiU. Jesus 
said that in the last times, the love of many shaU wax cold. 

Scientists tell us that molecules in hot material are active, 
fast-moving, while molecules in cold things are moving slowly. 
Is this true in spiritual areas? Zealous Christians are warm and 
active. Cold and unresponsive would describe someone 
careless. But is "cold" in the spirit only tlie absence of warmi li 
and God's presence? 

To be without God's Spirit would be sad enough, but we do 
have an adversary who would be glad to hide. Some say he 
does not exist. One friend commented, "What better 
disguise?!" Sure he would like to remain unidentified while he 
does his wicked work of temptation and causes conflict and 
division m the church. 

However, we cannot give the excuse,"The devU made me 
do it," and we cannot blame God. James 1:13,14: "Let no 
man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God 
cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But 


every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, 
and enticed." 

But going deeper, where does lust come from? James also 
wrote (4:7), "Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the 
devU, and he wdll flee from you." Simple and profound, but not 
possible without our Savior's help. 

God is on the throne. See the beauties of His world and 
especially the beauty of holiness. Jesus was the winner when 
He met His enemy at Calvary, fulfilling the promise in Eden that 
the seed of the woman would bruise the serpent's head, even 
though the serpent would bruise His heel. See young people 
(and older) being called today to hfe m Christ. Young 
Christians are enquiring about places to serve in today's 
desperate world. 

Scientists warn of global warming, but let us pray for 
warming in the church. Another depression is here reminding 
us how blest we are. We have been like Laodicea: "Rich and 
mcreased with goods." The world would have us buy and 
spend, but God's way is save and give. Yoimger people who 
have not felt the influence of the depression of the thirties, need 
teaching on money management and handling of "things." This 
is one place where God gives responsibility as stewards. 

We don't reaUy own the things we say are oms. "What hast 
thou that thou didst not receive?" questions Paul. Why do we 
act like we didn't receive it and claim all we have as our own? 
By Christian Aid Ministry's presentation we have seen some of 
the needs in our world. Will we remain cold and indifferent? 
Or wiU we allow God to warm our hearts and inspue us to 
share more? 

CAM teUs of a young gul who gave for rehef the money she 
had saved for a doU. A nine year old gave his earnings from 
odd jobs. A family of cousms donated Bible story books 
instead of exchanging gifts. School children had a donation box 
for people who needed food. In our own school, students 


"earned" money for good grades and dedicated it to schools in 

The hst goes on of self-sacrificing Christians. "Inasmuch as 
ye have done it imto one of the least of these my brethren," says 
Jesus, "ye have done it unto me." Here is positive evidence of 
warmth m the hearts of God's people. Let us overcome the 
cold. --L.C. 


When Dr. Melvin Scheinman, world renown pioneer heart 
electro physiologist with the University of Cahfomia Medical 
Center, San Francisco, e?q)lained my heart condition I had "Ears 
to Hear. " What Dr. Scheuuman told me is vital to my health. 
When Jesus, the Great Physician, speaks do I have "Ears to 
Hear"? What the Lord teUs me has eternal consequences. In 
both cases it is important to have "Ears to Hear." Li the 
Gospels and m the book of Revelation, the Lord made frequent 
use of the phrase, "He that has ears to hear let liim hear." What 
are ears to hear? What is your answer to this question? 

A degree of hurmhty is required in a good hstener. A know 
it all is hard to talk to. In Jesus' time the scribes and Pharisees 
beheved they knew it all and did not accept the teachings of 
Jesus. They did not have ears to hear. Some people beheve 
their concepts of som^ matters are such that they need no 
fiirther learning. Such a one does not have ears to hear. The 
important question for us is, do we have hearts to hear? 

Do we come to church services Avith ears to hear? Are we 
willing and able to receive uispiration and instruction? Do we 
ahow the Holy Spirit to direct our thinking? I would encourage 
a self examiiiation each Lord's Day morning. Do not allow the 
cares of this world to drown out God's Word. You can do httle 
about your problems while sittmg m church, so just let the Lord 


handle your pending woiiies and participate in the worship 

Self discipline is essential in effective Ustening. The Apostle 
James instructs us to be "swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to 
wrath." Wisdom is necessary to handle what we hear. Are our 
words to others going to be received by "ears to hear"? If so, 
consider how vital it is that our words do not offend but rather 

I feel that our contemporary society tends to discourage 
good hstening. In 1943 my folks got a telephone. When the 
phone rang we were anxious to answer and hear what the caller 
had to say. Today, unless we take action to block the calls, we 
are wearied and annoyed by many telemarketers. The news 
media is so inundated by sensationaMsm that often Uttle 
attention is given to note worthy news. Normal sounds of 
nature are being drowned out by blaring headsets. I'm sure the 
adversary is pleased to thus dull the hearing and perception. 

When God's Word is proclaimed or someone speaks to us it 
is our responsibihty to "Have Ears to Hear." 

Joseph E. Wagner 
* Modesto, Cahfomia 


Communication is vital to aU relationships. Communication 
mvolves much more than talldng to someone and that person 
talking to you. 

Bringing God mto the communication adds a new 
dimension. Communication also takes on more significance in 
spkitual relationships. When Christ communicated with two of 
His disciples on the way to Emmaus, they spoke of it this way: 
"Did not our heart bum within us, while he talked with us by 
the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?" (Luke 


What is communication? 

Trae commimication is difficult, We sometimes think we 
have ejqjressed ourselves veiy clearly, and yet others 
understand something entirely different fiom what we meant. 

Communication is an intricate and compHcated art. It 
involves our thoughts, attitudes, emotions, speech, the 
differences in our perspectives, and much more. It involves two 
or more people speaking and relating in ways that bring mutual 
understandmg, drawing attitudes, feelings, and viewpoints 
together. Through honesty, openness, and unselfishness, 
communication buUds relationships. It is not deceptive. 

Argument and debate build barriers. Making sure that we 
get our point across is not communication but selfishness. In 
this respect, communication should strive to understand more 
than to be understood. 
Communication with God as Husband and Wife 

God is opeif with us. He has given us His Word and His 
indwelling Holy Spirit. But how is our communication Avith 
Him? Are we open and honest? Do we bare our hearts before 
Him? Do we communicate regularly? Personal devotions are 
especially vital for husbands and wives. Why? 

* to maintain our personal relationship with God 

* to draw us together as husband and wife 

* to be a proper example to our children 

* to learn fiom God how to teach and train our children 
We each need a regular schedule for personal devotions, or 

it will die. Our personal devotions dare not be a haphazard 
formahty but require dihgent efibit. Keep goals in mind: to 
grow, to draw closer to God, and to learn wisdom for our task 
of parenting. Our personal time with God goes hand in hand 
with our overall sphitual hfe and om- relationship as husband 
and wife. 

We also need to spend time together with God. We do this 
through family devotions. Some time spent together with God 


as husband and wife in addition to family worship is also 
important. We need to pray for each other and together share 
with God our needs, our struggles, and the decisions we face. 
Remember that our commimication with God has a major 
influence on our communication with each other. 
Communicating with Each Other 

Selfishness is one of the biggest hindrances to 
communication. Selfishness causes us to lack love for others 
and to insist on our own ideas. 

Commmrication is important in so many ways. We need to 
communicate on a spiritual level and understand each other's 
physical and emotional differences and needs. We also need to 
imderstand each other's roles in God's order of headship. 

We must know what each other thinks and strive to become 
more unified in spiritual things. We need openness with each 
other so we can blend our goals and convictions. Without 
imder standing and openness, there will be turmoil. Without 
communication, there wiU be no understanding. 

God created the emotional makeup of men and women 
differently. We each can benefit from this if we understand and 
relate to it rightly. Our differences can balance and safeguard 
each of us. Women tend to be more sensitive that men and wtU 
respond somewhat differently to grief, sorrow, changes, stress, 
death, or disappointments. Husbands need to understand this. 
"Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to 
knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker 
vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of Ufe; that your 
prayers be not hindered." (I Peter 3:7). 

Men tend to be more calloused to the disappointments and 
sorrows of Hfe. They tend to hide their emotions, and on the 
surface it may appear as if they do not care. But that is not 
true. They are simply respondmg differently. Wives need to 
understand this. Women tend to want to talk about their stress. 
Men tend to be alone and to not talk. 


On the physical level, we also need to be open and to 
communicate with each other. Our physical needs and deshes 
are dififerent. These we need to discuss so we learn to 
understand each other. Serious turmoU and stress wih result if 
we fail to communicate openly and to understand each other in 
these itttimate matters. 

In aU these areas of life— spiritual, emotional, and physical— 
the husband has needs that only the wife can meet and the wife 
has needs that only the husband can fill. Unselfishness, love, 
and openness must reign m order to meet each other's needs. In 
God's plan, husband and wife complement each other 
spiritually, emotionally, and physically. 

We must also understand, obey, and submit to God's 
estabhshed order of headship. "But I would have you know, 
that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of Christ is 
God." (I Corinthians 11:3). Ephesians 5:22-33 also speaks of 
the headship order. 

The husband is not the boss or the dictator, but the head. In 
salvation, man and woman are equal. But in the area of 
headship, God has set up an order that needs to be foUowed to 
have His blessiag. 

Husband, love your wife. Love her as yom own body. 
Love her as Christ loved the chiu'ch. This love is unselfish and 
sacrificial. Such love puts your wife's good ahead of your own, 
making it easy for her to submit. TeU her you love her. TeU her 
often and sincerely. Communicate yom" love by word and deed. 
Your wife should never need to question your love and 
faithfulness to her. Love is communicated by word, by 
courtesies, by httle acts of kindness, and by carefiil faithftdness. 
Wife, you are to submit to your husband as unto the Lord. 
And how do we Christians submit to the Lord? We Avilhngly 
and completely surrender because we reahze our submission to 
Him is for our good. Thus it should also be between husband 
and wife. When the husband loves his wife as Christ loves the 


church, then she can gladly and Ireely submit to him, knowing 
that he wants what is best for her. Her place of submission is 
one of joy, fiilfilhnent, and security. This is God's plan, and it 

We need to understand this headship order and openly 
communicate about it. We each need to ask God to help us find 
our place. Agam, openness with each other is vital. In this 
way, we can help each other fill our respective roles if our 
spirits and motives are right. 

Husband, seek yom- wife's counsel and advice, even though 
you carry the responsibihty for decision makmg. Her advice is 
very valuable and wJU save you some unwise decisions. 

Wife, do not push or pressure your husband, but do be 
open. Share your thoughts and ideas. When he asks, tell him 
what you think, but do not push. 

God desires that we be open to Him and to each other. This 
is the only way to have a proper relationship with each other, 
especially spiritually. Keeping close to God helps us to draw 
closer to each other. The more open we are with each other, 
the more we will develop confidence, understanding, and 
appreciation for each other. 

Daniel Hartzler ia Light of Life 
Selected by Herman Royer 

How Few Are the Lovers of the Cross of Jesus 
Jesus hath now many lovers of His heavenly kmgdom, but 
few bearers of His Cross. Many He hath that are desirous of 
consolation, but few of tribulation. Many He findeth that share 
His table, but few His fastmg. All desne to rejoice with Him, 
few are wilhng to endure any thing for Him. Many foUow Jesus 
unto the breakuig of bread; but few to the drinkmg of the Cup 
of His Passion. Many reverence His miracles; few follow the 


shame of His Cross. Many love Jesus so long as no adversities 
befall them. Many praise and bless Him, so long as they receive 
any consolations from Him. But if Jesus hide Himself^ and 
leave them but a httle while, they fall either mto complaining, or 
into too much dejection of min d. 

But they who love Jesus for the sake of Jesus, and not for 
some special comfort of their own, bless Him m aU tribulation 
and anguish of heart, as well as in the highest comfort. Yea, 
although He should never be willing to give them comfort, 
Himself notwithstanding they would ever praise, and wish to be 
always givmg thanks. O how powerful is the pure love of 
Jesus, which isjnixed with no self-interest or self-love! 

Are not aU those to be called hirelings, who are ever seeking 
consolations? Do they not shew themselves to be rather lovers 
of themselves than of Christ, who are always thinking of then- 
own advantage and profit? 

2. Where shall one be found who is willing to serve God for 
nought? Rarely is any one found so spiritual. . . For who shall 
find a man that is indeed poor in spirit and stript of every 
created thing? From afar, yea, above rubies is his price. 

If a man should give all his substance, yet is it nothing. 
And if he should practise great penance, still it is httle. And if 
he should attain to all knowledge, still he is afar oflF. And if he 
should have great virtue and very fervent devotion, yet there is 
much wanting to him; especially, one thing which is for him 
most chiefly necessary. What is that? That, forsaking all, he 
forsake himself and go forth whoUy from himself and retain 
nothing of self-love. And when he hath done aU that he 
knoweth ought to be done, let him t hink that he hath done 
nothing. Let him not weigh that much which might be much 
esteemed; but let him pronounce himself to be m truth an 
unprofitable servant as the Truth saith, When you shall have 
done all things that are commanded you, say, we are 
unprofitable servants. 


Then may he be truly poor and naked m sphit, and say with 
the prophet / am alone and poor. Yet no man richer than he, 
no man more powerful, no man more free: for he is able to 
leave himself and all things, and to set himself in the lowest 
place. Thomas A Kempis 


I wish I'd never fear again 

And yet I know I wiU, 

But He who comforteth me now 

WiU be my comfort stiU. 

I wish the splendid truths of faith 

I've worked so hard to learn 

Would stay with me, and yet I know 

The doubtings wiU return. 

But He who loved to teach me then 

WiU StiU be standing by, 

And He wiU deign to teach again 

A pupU such as I. 

That when I enter Heaven's gates 

Not one shall look at me. 

And say, "Behold, what child-hke trust. 

What splendid faith has she!" 

But He shall hold the loving gaze 

Of all adoring eyes, 

My teacher, Jesus Christ, 

So patient, kind, and wise. 

Who stooped to teach a quaking heart 

Great things of faith, and when 

It had forgotten, loved enough 

To teach it ah agam. 

Mary Miller in My Home by the River 


A Hundred Necessary Rules of Conduct for Children 

—in the house of its parents: 

1. Dear child, as soon as you are called in the momuig, 
arise; indeed, accustom yourself to "awaken" at the proper time 
without being called, and to rise without loitering. 

2. When you have left your bed, turn back the covers. 

3. Let your first thoughts be turned toward God after the 
example of David, who saith: "when I awake, I am still with 

4. Bid a good morning to those whom you meet first and to 
your parents, sisters and brothers; not fi-om mere habit, but do it 
out of true love. 

5. Accustom yourself to dress quickly, but at the same tnne 

7. When you wash your face and hands, do not splash 
water about the room. 

—at meals 

22. Do not lean during grace, and do not let your eyes 
roam about, but be attentive and reverent before the holy 
majesty of God. 

25. Avoid everything that indicates excessive hunger, such 
as looking greedily at food; bemg the first one in the dish, . . 
taking one's spoon too fiill. . . 

31. Chew your food with closed hps, and do not make a 
noise by scraping your plate. 

—at school 

51. Dear child, when you enter the school, bow respectfiiUy 
and take your place quietly, think of the presence of God. 

54. Always be obedient to your teacher and do not cause 
him to remind you of the same thing many times. 

THE PnryRTM 13 

63. Keep your books clean inside and out; do not scribble 
or draw in them; do not lose or tear them. 

65. When school is out do not make a clatter. In going 
down stairs do not jump two or three steps at a tune, lest you 
hurt yourself. Go quietly home. 

Excerpts from School Management by Christopher Dock 
Compiled by Lester Showaher 



I'm struggling, Lord. You know I am. 
The night is so black; the way so steep. 
Weary and hopeless, I stand and weep. 
The hghtening flashes; the wind blows high. 
I need to care when You aren't nigh. 
But please, do not let go my hand. 

I'm struggling. Lord, You know I am. 
Too high is the cost to foUow You. 
My fellow travelers are too few. 
The mocking I am tired of 
It seems so many test my love. 
But please, do not let go my hand. 

I'm givmg up. Lord. You know I am. 
My lofty aims and behefs resign. 
The brutal truth I do now decUne. 
The past of my life means nothiag now. 
The peace of Christ was lost, but how? 
Oh please, do not let go my hand. 




I'm terrified, Lord. You know I am. 
I gave it all up, and I lost You. 
It felt like hell for moments few. 
Than be without You I'd rather die. 
I cannot Mve without You nigh. 
So please, do not let go my hand. 

I am so weak. Lord. You know I am. 
For me, alone on the cross You lay. 
You've held my hand on hfe's rocky way. 
You have given me joy and peace and love. 
You've led me by Your gentle dove. 
So please, do not let go my hand. 

I'm full of love, child. You know I am. 
Your hand, dear child, I will not let go. 
Your weakness I do surely know. 
And I am calling. "Oh, come tome. 
Outstretched arms are waiting for thee. " 
I will never let go your hand. 

I'm coming. Father. You know I am. 
To You so close I'll let You hold me. 
Your faitMlil love again I do see. 
Within your arms it is safe to talk. 
I'll share with You about life's walk. 
I know You'll not let go my hand. 

I'm bound to You, Lord. You know I am. 

Your endless love is the strongest cord. 

You are my Father, my King and Lord. 

When the night grows dark and strong winds whip, 

When on Your hand I lose my grip 

I know You'll not let go my hand. 


Within Your anus I know I can stand. 
When the way is dark and rough and steep, 
I turn to You as a httle sheep. 
With love You'U chasten and guide and care. 
How couldn't I with You my heart share? 
/ know You 'II not let go my hand. 

Lora HufBnan 
Dayton, Ohio 

A Bridled Tongue 

I would Uke to tell you a true story about my grandpa. This 
story happened long before my mother was bom, when 
Grandpa was first married. 

His wife had twms, but, alas! his wife and both babies died! 
Oh how sad he was! So sad he wished he could die, too! It 
was a long time before he was happy again. 

Many years later, when I was young, I heard how depressed 
(sad) he was when his first wife died. I said he should have had 
more faith in God instead of givmg up hke he did, and maybe I 
was partly right, but two things have happened since then to 
show me I should have bridled my tongue, as the Bible teaches 
in James. 

One thing that happened is that I suffered similar depression 
even though nothing so very bad happened to me. Now 1 
understood him better. 

Now we have learned of something else that added to his 
pain, which makes me respect him much more. Recently a 
member of his first family made it known that afl;er she died, her 



family had demanded that he pay back the money they had 
given her when they married. 

How cruel! They had not cared that he was hurting! And I 
doubt he even had that much money any more! 

Thankfiilly the church said he did not have to pay it back, 
and told them they were not to talk about it any more. And 
Grandpa obeyed! His children had never heard any thing about 
it because Grandpa had bridled his tongue. 

When someone hurts us, it is hard not to talk to others 
about it. But my grandpa obeyed Matthew eighteen. He 
protected her family's reputation. That means his children did 
not dislike her family because of what they did. 

Now I think Grandpa did better than I am doing, and I want 
to learn to be more hke he was. I want to bridle my tongue! 

Martha Wagner 
Gettysburg, Ohio 

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VOL. 56 MARCH. 2009 No. 3 j 

"And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the 
Saviour of the world." (IJohn 4:14) 

.,. MY BROTHER j ' 

Two words there are that thrill my heart 
And cause my sluggish blood to start, 
When I with my dear brethren meet, 
And in a Christian manner greet. 
With high regard salute each other, 
And then sincerely say, "My brother." 

Then while with his companion shake. 
Inquiry to her health I make. 
Though audibly I may not say 
Those words, I keep in mind alway: 
Each female member I may claim 
"A sister" ui the Savior's name. 

Oh what a pleasant place were this, 
A brief foretaste of fixture bHss, 
If in this whole wide world around, 
Goodwill and love alone were found. 
And men when greeting one another 
Should smile and kindly say, "My brother." 

Guy Hootman 


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A riddle: What is better to have than gold and rabies; yet 
for lack of which folks die; something we can obtain by being 
reproved and punished. It is better than strength or weapons, 
and is called "the principal thing"? It is wisdom. 

It reminds us of Solomon, the wisest man of his time. But 
ia spite of his many wise decisions and expressions in his 
writings, there were things lacking in his life and some choices 
which were decidedly unwise. Although Solomon was given 
great wisdom from God, he did not always Jbllow it. 

What is true wisdom? A good definition comes from the 
life of a man who bad it and let it control his life. That is the 
first Christian martyr, Stephen. 

Stephen lived when tbe early church was in the throes of 
development and expansion. The Jews were still smarting fiom 
the trath of the Gospel which Jesus preached, estabhshed, and 
died and rose for. Jerusalem and Israel could never be the 
same. There was sharp opposition, but the Lord was workmg 
out His plan which had been determined from the foundation of 
the world. 

Into this arena of conflict stepped Stephen. The twelve 
apostles needed helpers. People were complaining that widows 
were being neglected. Rather than leave their most important 
work of preaching the Word of God, the apostles had the 
brethren choose seven men who could do the physical work of 
ministering to the needs of the new congregation at Jerasalem. 
Today we would call them deacons. The fiist of these was 
Stephen, "a man fiiU of faith and of the Holy Ghost." The 
apostles prayed and laid their hands on them, and they began 
their work as leaders in the Church. 


"And Stephen, fiill of faitli and power, did great wonders 
and miracles among the people." (Acts 6:8). 

The Jews immediately reacted with violence against this 
faithful worker. Jerusalem, as the center of Judaism, contained 
learned men from many regions, promoting the cause of Israel. 
They may have congregated there for the purpose of resisting 
or stampmg out this new sect ovhich was making such progress. 
These men were of "the synagogue of the Libertines, and 
Cyrenians, and Alexandrians, and them of Cihcia and of Asia." 
(Cihcia was the region of Tarsus, and Saul was probably in this 
group.) They arose and began "disputing with Stephen." 

One would think that Stephen would be no match for such a 
number of learned Jews, but this was not the case. The word 
says, "And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit 
by which he spake." Stephen was led by the Holy Spirit and 
had this true wisdom, something more than knowledge. 

We may tend to equate knowledge with wisdom. Proverbs 
1:7 says, "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: 
but fools despise wisdom and instruction." Then 9:10 says, 
"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the 
knowledge of the holy is understanding." Both are valuable, 
but they are not the same. 

WiUiam Cowper, the hymn writer, wrote: 

"Knowledge and wisdom, far from being one. 
Have oft times no connection. Knowledge dwells 
In heads replete with thoughts of other men; 
Wisdom m minds attentive to their own. 
Knowledge, a rude, unprofitable mass. 
The mere materials, with which Wisdom builds, 
Till smoothed and squared and fitted to its place. 
Does not encumber whom it seems to enrich. 
Knowledge is proud, that he has learned so much; 
Wisdom is humble, that he knows no more. 


Christians are not opposed to true education—gaining 
knowledge. But many colleges and universities are hazardous 
environments for our young Christians—especially for those not 
firmly estabhshed^ in the faith of Jesus Christ. Wisdom is not 
obtained by education. If it were, the Jews would have had no 
diflBculty with Stephen. 

They lacked the power to resist the wisdom of Stephen. 
Matthew Henry wrote, "They thought they had only disputed 
with Stephen; but they were disputing with the Spirit of God in 
him^ for whom they were an unequal match." The Jews then 
"suborned (persuaded or bribed) men, which said. We have 
heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses, and against 
God." They treated Stephen hke they had treated Jesus, and 
brought him before the council. As they looked on him they 
"saw his face as it had been the face of an angel." 

Stephen had knowledge as well as wisdom. Acts 7 tells his 
defense before the council. He gave detail after detail of the 
history of his people beginning with Abraham. Perhaps he was 
proving that he was not a blasphemer but a true worshipper of 
God, one who was aware of God's acts in the history of His 
people. Finally he charged them as "StrfBiecked and 
uncircumcised in heart and ears." In eloquent terms he declared 
them the childien of those who persecuted the prophets and the 
actual betrayers and murderers of Jesus, the Just One. 

We may think Stephen was not too wise to accuse those 
leaders the way he did. But this is part of the wisdom by which 
he spoke and was declared centimes later in our own time by 
Jim EUiott, also martyred in Christian seivice: "A man is no 
fool to give what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose." 
Stephen gave his life to gain eternal life with God. 

How do we obtain what Stephen had? James says (1:5), "If 
any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth 
Uberahy, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him." He 
adds, "But let him ask in faith, nothing waveiing." James also 


defines this wisdom: "But the wisdom that is from above is fiist 
pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, fiiU of 
mercy and good fruits, without partiahty, and without 
hypocrisy." If we wish to know how Avise we are, go over this 
defiaition point by pomt and we can teU. Are we pure? 
Peaceable? Gentle? We wiU realize we need the grace, 
forgiveness, and Holy Spirit of God to be this way. 

God's promise to the wise is in a prophecy of Daniel (12:3) 
about the resurrection: "And they that be wise shall shine as the 
brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to 
righteousness as the stars for ever and ever." We look forward 
to that time. — L.C. 


What would your answer be if asked that question? 
Modem Christianity has very effectively taught a "foreign 
mission" mentahty. We tend to think, "I serve God by — 
passing out tracts in the city, or by reaching out in some way to 
foreign lands, beuig or supportkig "missionaries," or by boldly 
preaching God's Word on the street or wherever. 

I've heard the Anabaptists would ask this question, "How 
do you serve God?" when meeting brethren they were 
unacquainted with. And their answers would be— "I am a 
carpenter, a fanner, I make shoes, I am a mother." They, of 
course, were at odds with the majority of Christianity around 
them, even being persecuted unto death. 

Compulsory church membership had brought about the 
'Toreign mission" mentahty. Those around them and in their 
families were already "Christians," regardless of their conduct. 
So to witness to the lost or to "reach out" they must go 
somewhere or do something else. 


Too many CMstians today are fiist of all farmers, factory 
workers, builders, and then they seek to add on Christianity. 
The Bible is interpreted around their occupation or situation. 
The job must be done first, and then they add to that some work 
for God. 

Jesus said, "Seek ye first the kingdom of God." As 
Christians our first allegiance is to Christ and His Word, no 
matter what we are caUed to do. In fact, God's Word teaches 
us how to go about our daily duties. II Tim. 3:16: "Ah 
scripture is given. . . for instruction m righteousness. " It teUs us 
to be kind, to love your brother, your neighbor, your wife; be 
honest; prefer one another; submit to yom* brethren; submit to 
your husband; guide the house. 

We know by the Word of God that most people are first 
serving themselves with their hves. But may it not be so with 
us. If we are asked how we serve God, may we be able to 
answer truly by giving our daily occupation. 

NeU Martin 
New Paris, Indiana 

Message: Pure Hearts 

A special greeting of love fiom Jesus. Here in His Love is 
where we can have our needs met. 

What picture do you have of God? Would you like to see 
God? Some times we would hke to grab hold of something and 
feel it. (A fiiend once told me, "I need God with skin on.") 
"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shaU see God." (Matt. 

So to see God, we must have pure hearts. What tools do I 
use to decide if my heart is pure? Do I use my own eyes? 
"There is a generation that are pure in then own eyes, and yet is 
not washed fiom then filthiness." (Pro. 30:12) We can't, any 


one of us, claim pure hearts. But when I see my heart's 
condition, how do I respond? What is purity? 

A man in the tropics was eating a piece of fruit. Someone 
gave him a magnifymg glass that showed the fruit to be just 
crawling with worms. He threw away the glass and ate the 
fiiiit. What is purity? Man has made laws to aid purity. In 
spite of laws, man is stiU not pure. God's focus is on the heart, 
because a pure heart can see God. 

John 14:9-12 As we see Jesus, we can be pure in heart and 
walk in His ways. We can understand. Too often we are a 
generation that is pure in our own eyes, and that is why we 
struggle with living separated Uves. It's not that we don't have 
rules, guideUnes, and good examples. It is because we don't see 
God. Purity is not a certain level. You don't just get everything 
aU right and then it's okay. No! Moses saw God and 
recognized that God's people should be separated. 

"I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now 
mine eye seeth thee." (Job 42:5). What did Job do when he saw 
God? He said, "Wherefore I abhor myself and repent in dust 
and ashes." (verse 6). 

If you see God, you will do what He does and go where He 
is. He is a hving God. Go to His Word. Pure means not mixed 
with any other matter. Purity is so important that God would 
have you pluck out an eye that can't be controlled. 

There are visible results of being pure m heart. ". . .To visit 
the fatherless and the widows in their affliction, and to keep 
himself unspotted from the world." (James 1:27b). We can see 
God today and also in Heaven someday. God is just waiting for 
us to say, "I'Udoit." 

In closing, God's Spirit is holy. If that Spirit is controUing 
us, we wiU have pure hearts. It will affect our relationships. 
"See that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently." (I 
Pet. 1:22). A challenge has been given. 

Sermon by Daniel Beery. Notes by Rosanna Royer. 



A wise, godly woman is one who is always under discipline. 
The more perfectly she discipUnes herself, the higher she drills 
her desires to be subject to God. She wiU try to improve herself 
by discipline. She is diligent to learn and to grow m aU areas of 
her role as wife and mother. She is a virtuous woman, having 
strength of character. 

The fear of God is her first concern. Her spirit is one of 
reverence. The life she fives is one of worship, adorations, and 
praise to her Beloved. She loves His precious word, and 
studies daily and dfiigently in His Word, to know God's perfect 
win. She finds contentment at home. She knows her heart and 
home are God's sanctuary. The joy and security of her home 
depends on the favor of her Heavenly Father, fiitegrity is her 
watchword. Strength and dignity are her characteristics. She 
has undivided loyalty. 

A godly, holy, devoted, wise woman wiU five a dedicated 
life, and her actions will be in purity, sincerity, and hohness. 

I TioL 4:7: ". . .exercise thyself unto godhness." Train, 
exercise yourself in purity, piety, and hoUness—you must desire 
it and work at it. ". . .Be ye holy; for I am holy." (I Peter 1:16). 
She is faithful in holding the faith of Christ. She fives by His 
principles and is guided by His Holy Spirit-His law of love. 
Her life is a life of prayer; she never neglects her quiet time with 
her Beloved. She knows that prayer is the key that unlocks the 
door of God's grace and power. 

Compassion and kradness describe her way of fife by her 
loving gentleness and encoirragements. She reaches out to her 
fiiends with cheer. She is one who gives and gives with no 
thought of repayment. God's plan for her is one of serviag. 
God's love flows through her to share her Beloved with others, 
because Jesus' blood made her pure, clean, and holy. 
The vutuous woman has no time for idle talk, and she guards 


her words. Words can be so vain and meaningless. She will 
discipline herself to not speak unkindly about others. She 
desires courtesy, pohteness, and kindness. "The words of a 
wise man's mouth are gracious." (Eccl. 10:12b) 

The virtuous woman chooses to be cheerfiil, even through 
aU circumstances. Forgiveness is another one of her virtues 
Jesus gives. When wronged, she keeps on loving, even though 
it appears hard to love. Loving is the bond of perfection in the 
home smce the peace of God rules m her heart and life. God 
flows through her life to others. She gives of herself, not 
selfishly, but to serve others. The young, virtuous wife is to 
serve her husband; older women are to serve and train yovmg 
sisters. Serving from a heart of love is her dehght. 

The virtuous woman is a woman of a meek and quiet spirit. 
"Meekness"- submission, subdued, submitting; tamely, modest, 
humble, serene-gentle, mild, pure, self- controlled; mercifiil in 
action, yielded; pitiful, compassionate, gracious. Meekness is 
not weakness; it is the fiiiit of power, strength; virtue clothed 
with humility. Meekness does not have her own nature, but 
seeks righteousness. Meekness's disposition is to suffer. "To 
be . . .gentle, shewing all meekness unto aU men." (Titus 3:2) 

In His love, 
Nancy Beidler, Myerstown, Pennsylvania 

STALTER - A son, Marshall Avery, bom January 3 1 to Simon 
and Abigail Stalter of Nappanee, Indiana. 
BEERY - A daughter, Alanna Cherish, bom Febraary 2 to 
Stephen and KJm Beery of Wilhamsport, Indiana. 
JOHNSON - A daughter, Kate Ehzabeth, bom Febraary 22 to 
WiUiam and Jewel Johnson of Nappanee, Indiana. 
HARRIS - A son, Hans David, bom Febraary 25 to Michael 
and Wanda Harris of Casstown, Ohio. 



Jesus, Master, I would see 
You in life, walking with me. 
Clasp Your hand firm in mine, 
Know Your peace, complete, divine. 

Jesus, Master, I would feel 
Your strength, serene and real; 
Strong to move, meek to wait, 
Should the hour be early or late. 

Jesus, Master, I would sense 
Your all-encompassing providence. 
Trusting, that in every case. 
You will give enabhng grace. 

Jesus, Master, I would be 
A reflection of the One I see 
In Bible pages pure and bright, 
Mirroring Joy, Truth, and Light. 

Jesus, Master, I would give 
Every moment that I hve; 
Consecrate to You each day. 
Each step of my earthly way. 

Jesus, Master, this I pray: 
Guide my steps, lest I stray; 
In every thought and action true, 
A hvitig testament of You. 

Ben Cover 

Tuolumne, Cahfomia 



Where the grace of God is missed, bitterness is bom. 

But where the grace of God is embraced, forgiveness 

The longer we walk in the garden, the more likely we are to 
smell hke the flowers. 

The more we komerse ourselves in grace, the more likely 
we are to give grace to others. 

Selected by Shane Oberholzer 

Of Christ's Speaking Inwardly to the Faithfiil Soul 

I will hearken what the Lord God speaketh in me. 
Blessed is the soul which heareth the Lord speaking within her, 
and from His mouth receiveth the word of consolation. Blessed 
are the ears that catch the pulses of the Divine whisper, and 
give no heed to the whisperings of this world. Blessed indeed 
are those ears which hsten not after the voice which is sounding 
without, but for the Truth teaching mwardly. Blessed are the 
eyes that are shut to outward things, but intent on things 
mward. Blessed are they that enter far uito things within, and 
endeavour- to prepare themselves more and more, by daily 
exercises, for the receiving of heavenly secrets. Blessed are 
they who are glad to have time to spare for God, and who 
shake off aU worldly hindrances. 

2. Consider these things, O my soul, and shut up the door of 
thy sensual deshes, that thou mayest hear what the Lord thy 
God speaketh in thee. 

Thus saith thy Beloved, I am thy salvation, thy Peace, and 
thy Life: keep thyself with Me, and thou shah find peace. Let 


go all transitory things, and seek the things eternal. What are all 
transitory objects but seductive thmgs? and what can all 
creatures avail thge, if thou be forsaken by the Creator? 

Renounce therefore all things, and labour to please thy 
Creator, and to be faithilil unto Him, that so thou mayest be 
able to attain unto true blessedness. 

Thomas A Kempis 


There's no disappointment in heaven, 

No weariness, sorrow or pain; 
No hearts that are bleeding and broken. 

No song with a minor refrain; 
The clouds of our earthly horizon 

Win never appear in the sky. 
For all win be sunshine and gladness. 

With never a sob nor a sigh. 

We'U never pay rent for our mansion. 

The taxes wiU never come due; 
Our garments will never grow threadbare. 

But always be fadeless and new; 
We'U never be hungry nor thirsty. 

Nor languish in poverty there, 
For all the rich boimties of heaven 

His sanctified children wiU share. 

There'U never be crepe on the doorknob. 

No fimeral train in the sky; 
No graves on the hillsides of glory, 

For there we shall nevermore die; 
The old win be young there forever. 



TransfoiTned in a moment of time; 
Immortal we'll stand in His likeness, 
The stars and the sim to outshine. 


I'm boimd for that beautiful city, 
My Lord has prepared for His own; 
Where aU the redeemed of all ages 
Sing "glory" around the white throne. 
Sometimes I grow homesick for heaven. 
And the glories I there shall behold; 
What a joy that will be when my Saviour I see, 
In that beautiful city of gold! 

F. M. Lehman 
Selected by Mervin and Gloria Hilty 



Which New Testament person said this?: 

1. "Lord, shew us the Father, and it suflBceth us." 

2. "A prophet is not without honour, save in his own coimtry, 
and in his own house." 

3. "Let us also go, that we may die with him." 

4. "And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees. . ." 

5. "Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me." 


6. "It is Jolm, whom I beheaded: he is risen from the dead. ' 

7. "Have thou nothing to do with that just man. " 

8. "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the hving God." 

9. "Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee." 

10. "Whereby shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my 
wife well stricken in years." 

11. "Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth?" 

12. "Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor." 
Answers on page 16. 


Behavmg Wisely (I Samuel 18, 23, 24) 
We all hke to hear the Bible account of David slaying the 
Giant Gohath. We hke to think of how young David was, and 
how big Gohath was. We hke to think about all of Gohath's 
armour and David's httle shng and five smooth stones. And we 
hke to think of God's greatness m working through David to 
slay Gohath. 

The very next chapter in the Bible teUs more about David. 
Four times m this chapter, it says that David "behaved himself 
wisely." One of the tunes it says, "very wisely," and another 
time, "more wisely than aU the servants of Saul." 


Let's think about ways David behaved him self wisely, and 
see if we behave ourselves wisely. First of all, the Bible says, 
"And David went out whithersoever Saul sent him, and behaved 
himself wisely." He was very obedient to Saul. Are you 
obedient to your parents and teachers, doing whatever they tell 
you to do? It is wise to do so. 

The Bible also says that Saul could teU that the Lord was 
with David. Therefore, we understand that it is the Lord that 
helps us behave wisely. Do you pray for God to help you to be 
good? I think David did. 

When icing Saul and David returned from fighting the 
Phihstines, the women of the city went out to meet them, 
saying, "Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten 
thousands. " Do you think this attention and praise made David 
loud and boisterous, to get more attention? Do you show off 
and talk loudly when people talk to you and praise you a little? 
I do not think David did that. I think he probably qmetly went 
about his daily duties ui a humble way. 

Several chapters later we find the account of Saul planning 
to come to KeHah to destroy the city with David in it. David 
asked God questions. "Wih Saul come? Will the men of Keilah 
dehver me up into his hand?" God answered that Saul would 
come, and the men of Keilah would dehver David into Saul's 
hands. (Remember Saul was very jealous of David and was 
trying to kill him.) Because David asked God, and God 
answered him, David and his men were able to leave Keilah and 
so escape being killed by Saul. Do you ask God if you should 
do certain things? God wiU not answer you quite like He 
answered David, but He can answer you through your parents, 
teachers, ministers, or other friends if you'll only hsten for the 

Another time that David acted wisely was when David and 
his men were hidmg in a cave. It must have been a big cave 
with rooms off to the sides of the maia room, because King 



Saul (while hunting for David to kill him) went into this cave to 
sleep for the night. David and his men stayed quietly in the 
sides of the cave, and Saul didn't even know they were there. 
During the night, David crept to Jving Saul's side and cut off 
part of Saul's robe. David's men thought it was such a good 
opportunity for David to kill Saul--to just get rid of him so 
David could go home and live with his wife instead of always 
run n ing and hiding from Saul. But David "behaved hunseLf 
wisely" and would not touch the Lord's anointed king., He 
respected Saul's God-given position as king. Do you respect 
those God has put in authority over you? 

If you read of David's life and the psakns he wrote, you'll 
find many more times when he behaved himself wisely. 

Linda Frick, Gettysburg, Ohio 

Answersto Bible Quiz: 1. Philip 2. Jesus 3. Thomas 4. Jdmthe Bs^Jtist 5. Bartimaeus 
6. Herod 7. Mate's wife 8. Prter 9. Peter 10. Zadiarias 1 1 . Nathauael 12. Zacdiaeus 





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VOL. 56 APRIL, 2009 No. 4 

"And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the 

Saviour of the world." (IJohn 4:14) 


Come at dawn of early morning; 

See, the stone is roUed away; 

View the empty tomb and grave-clothes; 

Death has yielded up its prey. 

"He is risen, He is risen," 

Hear the shining angel say. 

Walk with Him the road to Emmaus; 

Hear Him open up the Word; 

See Him break the bread and serve it; 

Recognize Him as the Lord. 

He is risen. He is risen, 

Burning hearts this truth record. 

Then go forth with power and serve Him; 

Own Him as your God and King. 

Worship, praise, and adoration 

To your gracious Sovereign bring. 

He is risen, He is risen. 

With the blood-bought ransomed sing. 

Guy Hootman 

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Nearly twenty centuries ago, our Savior suffered on the 
cross six long hours in intense agony. Those who watched 
mocked Him. His few friends were powerless to help. It 
seemed nothing to those who passed by on the highway. Just 
another Roman crucifixion. 

Jesus knew that our salvation and the hope of the world 
depended on His suffering and death. As He bore the sins of 
the world (in His own body on the tree), He cried out, "My 
God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" I can't explain all 
that this question imphes, but Hebrews 5:7-9 teUs us how 
valuable this event was in human history. It tells us also that the 
Father heard His cries. 

Wto in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up 
prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto 
him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in 
that he feared; Though he were a Son, yet learned he 
obedience by the things which he suffered; And being made 
perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all 
them that obey him. 

I offer the foUowing account of an accident I had and 
lessons I learned March 14, not to draw attention to myself, but 
to pass on some of those things God taught me. My bit of 
suffeiing is insignificant in comparison to Jesus' agony for us. I 
had no broken bones, shed very httle blood, and didn't die like 
He did in my place. 

Saturday, March 14, 2009 

Repairing my hne fence where a large oak had fallen across 
it, I experienced the mercy of God in a way I don't want to 
forget. A large Hmb of the tree (after I had sawed enough to 
repair the fence) rested in another tree with its lower end on a 


fence post. As I tried to drive a staple in that post, the tree 
dropped down on me, pinning me to the ground with my left 
arm hopelessly clamped in the wire of the fence, now made tight 
with the weight of the tree. My right arm was free, but I could 
not reach my left arm to cut the wire with a side cutter which I 
had. My left shoulder was clamped between the tree and the 
post. I could shift it a httle, and I tried to hft or shove the tree 
but couldn't. I was pressed down in a kneehng position with my 
face to the groimd. I could rest my forehead on a wire ahnost 
on the groimd or rest it on my hand with my hand on the wire. 
My left arm began to go numb as a whe cut off the circulation. 
I feared for my arm as it soon felt hke lead and I could not 
move my fingers. I prayed for God to rescue me, to have 
Martha miss me and come to find me. I realized that would not 
be soon as I had often worked out on my place for hours. I 
caUed "Help ! " many times but was not close to any people. 

The foUowing lessons came to me along with some 
comparisons to our spiritual experiences: 

1. I should not have been working alone so far from help. 
In the church we need to work together and not be 

2. I reaUzed I absolutely could not free myself I needed 
help. When we are away from God we may not realize it, but 
we need help from God desperately. 

3. I cried to God and He answered, but in His time. If He 
would have freed me immediately, I may not have learned the 
lessons. His timmg is always right. 

4. Some of my members were free; others were bound and 
hurting. So it is m the Church. 

5. My face was down; I could not lookup. This is the way 
when we are bound m the spirit. 

6. My family was gomg about business without reaUzing 
my desparate need. We often do not realize how others are 


7. I was bound three hours. I'm not aware of the 
significance, but it must have taken that long to teach me. 

8. I needed my son and he finally came. Our rescue is by 
the Son of God who loved us and gave Himself for us. 

9. With more than his natural strength, my son Peter lifted 
the tree and held it while he cut a wire that held me. At first he 
felt he could not hold it up long enough, but he said it became 
easier as God helped him. Afterward he could barely get the 
same piece oflFthe ground. 

10. My son suffered from straimng too hard. It was by 
Jesus' suffering we are rescued. With His stripes we are healed. 

11. As I cried for help, I realized no one could hear or help 
but God. When we cry in our soul's distress, often God is the 
only one who hears. 

12. I realized I didn't have to be rescued. I didn't have to 
do the things I had planned. In every way our fives are in God's 
hands and His plans are better than ours. 

13. There were after effects. I had scratches and bruises. 
In any conflict or trouble in the church or in our personal Uves 
there are hurts and wounds that take time to heal. 

14. There was intense, emotional rehef as 1 was finally 
freed. We experience rehef in the spirit when we are free and 

15. I had need for comfort— for warming up—even after I 
was no longer bound. We need to minister to one another for 
the hurting and returning to calm and healing. 

16. I was carried on my son's "four wheeler" to the comfort 
of my home. God carries us when we cannot carry ourselves. 

17. My ami was helpless, numb and unusable for hours 
afterward. Though we are freed from bondage, there are pains 
and weakness to deal with. 

18. I made problems for others. Our failings always make 
others put out extra effort, sympathy, and help. 


19. I was forced into a kneeling position—the best attitude 
when we are in any kind of trouble. 

20. My problem was the right time. I had three days to 
heal and recover before the duties of a planned trip. God's 
timing is always good. 

21. With aU my wife's comfort and the help of my son, I 
learned to accept spuitual help too. We need our friends. 

22. I learned again of God's mercy. I could have been 
greatly or fatally injured if the tree would have been six mches 
closer to drop on my head. 

23. I was becoming desperate and running out of strength 
by the time of my rescue. People around us are giving in to 
despan. Lord, help us to be aware of the needs and hurting that 
Vy/e may be able to help by showing Your love. 

24. My shock and imcontroUable trembling frightened my 
son and shows me that some can be in deep trouble, causing 
concern for their friends. God is able! 

25. At first I could only crawl to the vehicle. After rescue, 
it can take time to return to useftil service in the body of 

I can only praise God for my rescue. But most of all I 
praise Him for rescuing me by His blood from my sins and the 
destruction of heU. ~L.C. 

A temple is a structure where a Deity is worshipped or 
honored. The Jewish Temple of God built by King Solomon 
was the greatest and most grandiose of any man-made temple. 
The most sacred innermost place of the temple was a curtained 
oflF chamber called the "Holy of Hohes." Here was located the 
Ark of the Covenant which contained the Law written by God 
on tables of stone. This was covered by the Mercy Seat. Even 


with aU the gold and wealth built into the Temple, it was of httle 
significance without the presence of God's Glory. 

As with most aU of man's works, the Temple did not fill a 
permanent place in God's relationship with mankind. This 
temple was destroyed. Today the only visible evidence is 
archeological findings and the unearthed wall that formed part 
of the Temple site. God's will was, and stiU is, to dwell among 
His people. Does this require a temple, and what is this 

The Apostle Paul tells the Corinthian Church: "Know ye 
not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God 
dweUeth in you?" (I Cor. 3:16) This can refer to the individual 
Christian and also to the collective Church. "Now therefore ye 
are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with 
the saints, and of the household of God; and are buUt upon the 
foimdation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself 
being the chief cornerstone; In whom ah the building fitly 
framed together groweth imto an holy temple m the Lord: In 
whom ye also are buUded together for a habitation of God 
through the Spnit." (Eph. 2:20, 21, 22) 

This oneness of God with His people is the most beauttfiil 
aspect of the Christian hfe. As the glory of the Lord filled the 
temple of old, so does the Holy Spuit fill the bom-again 
behever. Just as the Ark of the Covenant contained the Law of 
God, so do our hearts have the laws of God written iii them. 
The Ark was covered by the Mercy Seat, which with a blood 
saciifice, was for the atonement of sins. Likewise the blood of 
Jesus by the mercy of God cleanses our hearts fiom sin. As 
there were important services for maintaining the ancient 
temple, so likewise it is important to maintaia and properly use 
our bodies, both individually and collectively, "For ye are the 
Temple of God." 

Joseph E. Wagner 
Modesto, CaMfomia 



The church congregation fills a central role in our homes. 
Here we find our fiiends. Here we receive nurture. Every 
estabhshed congregation has ordained leaders. The Scripture 
commands us to "esteem them veiy highly" (I Thess. 5:13). 

God commands respect for His appointed leaders because 
they serve at God's call, not man's. Although our leaders are 
men of integrity, they are human and imperfect. Respect is due 
in spite of their shortcomings. 

How can our homes fiiMl the command to "esteem them 
very highly?" 

Think right about church leaders. To esteem is to hold in 
high regard. They should be among the first we consult when 
seeking counsel. We should value their advice. Ordained 
leaders should receive the benefit of the doubt when questions 

Speak right about leaders. Parents lead the way in this. 
Children quickly detect attitudes toward the mini stry They 
should frequently hear favorable comments about the Sunday 
morning message. We should not highlight our ministers' pubUc 
speaking mistakes. 

Disrespectfixl talk must not be allowed in our homes. The 
Bible clearly teaches that to resist God's appointed leaders is to 
resist God. If disrespect for church leaders is permitted, hkely 
children will struggle to respect their parents. On the other 
hand, parents who instill respect for church leaders are laying a 
framework for the children to properly esteem all other 
authorities and to honor the heavenly Father. 

Be careful what we say to our ministers. Our ministry are 
open to brotherly counsel and concerns. However, when 
exercising the brotherly address with an ordained leader, we 
should speak sincerely and carefully. We must always 


remember the command to "rebuke not an elder, but entreat 
Mm. .."(I Tim. 5:1) 

Words of encouragement mean much to an ordained person. 
"Thank you for your concern." "I appreciated the message," 
and "I am praying for you" are ways we can enter into then- 
labor and strengthen their hands. 

Seek ways to assist leaders. Our children should often hear 
us pray for our bishops, ministers, and deacons. Praying for the 
one who is preparing to preach develops the concept of the 
preacher as God's message bearer. We are to esteem them 
highly "for their work's sake." We should freely recognize the 
imtiring labor and long hours they invest in discharging then- 
calling. We should gladly support them financially and be ready 
to give our time to Kghten their work. 

Live out the admonition of our leaders. When church 
leaders give specific direction for Christian living, a ready and 
conscientious response should foUow. When they give general 
admonition, we should take personal responsibility to apply the 
teaching to our hves so that we can grow spiritually. 

To this point, we have omitted a very important part of the 
text verse— "esteem them very highly in love." Love goes 
beyond respect for then office and extends to the warm, 
brotherly relationship that is needed for continued mutual 
confidence and respect with our church leaders. 

To be a disciple of Christ is to be a learner, one who is 
wiUing to learn fi"om his minister's teaching. "Out of the 
abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh." Are you a disciple 
or a dissenter? 

By MEZ &om Home Horizons by permission 

Selected by Tim and Linda Royer 

Your children are not only heirs to your possessions, they are 
also heirs to your values and character. Selected 



Lamentations 1:12 

It was only two pieces of dead wood, that cross on Calvary, 
and to human vision it was only the cry of a soul harrowed unto 
the despair of death that moaned over the rumbling darkness of 
the first Good Friday: "EH, Eh, lama sabachthani?" And when 
that grim Golgotha tragedy was over and the naU-riven, 
wounded body was removed fi^om the cross and laid in the 
sepulcher of the Arimathean aristocrat, to the short-sightedness 
of human vision it was at best the death of a defeated martyr. 
But viewed with the eyes of trusting faith, those two pieces of 
wood rise up as a universal monument. That tragic outpouring 
of the soul, crushed under the weight of an overpowering 
xmiverse, directs a pointed question to every one of us; that 
grave bids us halt as the Lenten tragedy which we have now 
reviewed puts this decisive query before our hearts: "Is it 
nothing to you?" 

Some one has left us a pictme of the thorn-crowned Savior 
in the midst of our social wMrl where men and women, in all 
stations and calhngs in hfe, young and old, ehte and lowly, pass 
by the Man of Sorrows without even turning their heads to 
bestow a compassionate glance upon the innocent Suflferer— 
cold, calloused, and indifferent to the agony that wrings His 
soul. And how truly does this picture paint the madness of a 
world that beholds Christ and sneers: "It is nothing to us!" 
Crowding those places where the name of the Savior is scorned, 
where the love for sinful man that filled His divine heart to the 
overflowing is cast off as a loathsome burden, hurrying on from 
one carnal pleasure to the satisfaction of another sinflxl desire, 
the Christless world tramples God's mercy beneath imgrateful 
feet and finally brings upon itself that blood which will save 


those who beHeve, but which just as certamly will curse those 
who reject it with eternal darkness and death. 

As others answer this piteous cry, "Is it nothing to you?" 
with a shrug of the shoulders or a disdainful sneer, may God 
give us the grace, before the beUs ring out our resurrection 
victory, to kneel in sphit at the spot where the Savior's hfe- 
blood was shed and declare: "'In the Cross of Christ I glory.' 
By the mercy of God it has become the anchor of my faith, the 
beacon of my hope, the pledge of my redemption. It is 
everything to me, this cross and its Crucified." 

By Walter A. Maier m Beautiful Saviour, 1935 
Forty Lenten Meditations 


Chosen not for good in me, 
Wakened up from wrath to flee. 
Hidden m the Saviour's side. 
By the Spirit sanctified. 
Teach me. Lord, on earth to show. 
By my love how much I owe. 

Selected by Norman Sauder 
Columbia, Pennsylvania 


They sealed the tomb of sohd stone. 
The cruel Roman power 
Where Jesus' body lay alone 
In that sad, darksome hour. 


The trae disciples iii despair 
Beheld where He was laid. 
They turned away in grief and care, 
And they were sore afraid. 

Then Jesus came in mighty power; 
His glory fiUed the grave 
And took His body ia that hour 
Salvation to us gave. 

The mighty Angel came alone, 
Appeared in dazzling hght. 
And rolled away the sohd stone, 
A terrifying sight. 

The Roman soldiers fell as dead. 
The Roman power is done. 
As Angels tread of victory led 
To God, the Father's Son. 

His true disciples hear them say, 
"The Lord is risen indeed." 
Their Saviour see in that same day 
And in His presence feed. 

Praise God to give us life anew 

And raise us from the dead; 

May aU our names be there when true 

The Book of Life is read. 
J. I. Cover 
March 17, 1958 

We pilgrims should always be ready to go home. 


They borrowed a bed to lay His head 
When Christ the Lord came down; 
They borrowed the ass in the mountain pass 
For Him to ride in town; 

But the crown that He wore and the cross that He bore 
Were His own 
The cross was His own. 

He borrowed the bread when the crowd He fed 

On the grassy mountain- side, 

He borrowed the dish of broken fish 

With which He satisfied. 

But the crown that He wore and the cross that He bore 

Were His own 

The cross was His own. 

He borrowed a ship in which to sit 

To teach the multitude; 

He borrowed a nest in which to rest 

He had never a home so rude; 

But the crown that He wore and the cross that He bore 

Were His own 

The cross was His own 

He borrowed a room on His way to the tomb— 

The Passover Lamb to eat; 

They borrowed a cave for Him a grave 

They borrowed a winding sheet. 

But the crown that He wore and the cross that He bore 

Were His own; 

The cross was His own. 

Author unknown 



Hans Bayer Bradford, Ohio March 29 

Jubal Bayer Bradford, Ohio March 29 

Thank God for two more young brethren who decided to 
follow Jesus. May they be faith&l in His Kingdom. 


WAGNER - A daughter, Kelsie Deann, bom December 6, 
2007, and received by adoption March 12, 2009, to Eddie and 
Deann Wagner of Modesto, CaUfomia. 

ROYER - A daughter, Janessa Paige, bom March 17 to Joel 
and Leanne Royer of Dallas Center, Iowa. 

ROYER - A son, Braxton Craig, bom April 3 to Craig and 
Heather Royer of Goshen, Indiana. 


SAVAGE-HILTY - Ian Savage and Charlesta Hilty were 
married March 28 at Palestine, Ohio. 

New Address: 5375 Byreley Rd. 

Bradford, Ohio 45308 


Andrew Albers: P.O. Box 176 

Valley Springs, AR 72682 
(870) 429 6081 



Which Old Testament person said this? 

Choose from: Ezekiel, Adam, Jehoshaphat, David, Moses, 
Daniel, Job, Isaiah, Joshua, Solomon, Ahab, Ruth, Mcaiah, 
Joseph. One answer is used twice. 

1. Is there not here a prophet of the Lord besides that we might 
enquire of him? 

2. Did I not tell thee that he would prophesy no good 
concerning me, but evil? 

3. If thou return at all in peace, the Lord hath not spoken by 

4. This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh. 

5. Who is this uncircumcised Phihstine, that he should defy the 
armies of the living God? 

6. Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following 
afl;er thee; for whither thou goest, I will go. 

7. Art thou for us, or for our adversaries? 

8. Doth my father yet hve? 

9. Though he slay me, yet wiU I trust in him. 

10. O ye dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. 

1 1. Let them give us pulse to eat, and water to drink. 

12. For I know that my redeemer hveth. 

13. Thou hast well spoken, I wUl see thy face again no more. 

14. Surely he hath borne our griefs and carried our sorrows. 

15. The fear of the Lord is the begiiming of knowledge: but 

fools despise wisdom and instruction. 

(Answers on page 16) 



Sorry, but Wiser 
Pop, pop, pop, went the peas into tlie bowl as the four 
Martin children worked steadily. 

"This is fim!" remarked Joyce as she emptied her bowl into 
the dishpan and filled it again with peas. 

"Yes," agreed David, giving Sparkle, the small fox terrier, a 
few pats on the head as he came bounding up the steps. In two 
leaps he had landed comfortably beside David on the old porch 

Mother smiled as she watched her helpers eagerly popping 
the peas into the bowls and throwing the hulls mto the bushel 

The afternoon wore on. The games of "Guess Who" and " I 
See Something" had become boring. Even Sparkle was dozing 
uader the bench. David's mind agaia went to the sand box 
under the shady maple tree. "Peas! Peas! Peas! I wish we 
didn't have any old peas," David complained. 

"Me, too," agreed Joel who always thought what his older 
brother did. 

"My fingers are so tired." Juhe firowned as she stopped and 
bmshed some hah fi-om her hot, flushed face. 

"Now, children," began Mother. "If we wouldn't have peas 
to hull, we wouldn't have any to eat next winter. I know you aU 
hke to eat peas. Just think of the children who do not have 
enough to eat. We should be thankfiil the Lord blesses us with 
food to eat and hands to work. There is a verse m the Bible 
that says: 'Do all things without murmm-ings and disputings.' 
Let's memorize this verse while we work. And there must be 
no more complaining." 

The time went fast as the verse was repeated over and over 
again. Even three-year-old Joel could say it. "See, there is only 
one more basket to do," encouraged Mother. 



Soon only the peas that each child had m his bowl remained. 

"I hate to do peas," stated David, forgetting Mother's 
admonition about complaining. 

"David, I'm sorry you disobeyed." Mother looked at David 
sadly. "The other children may go and play now. I want you to 
finish the peas by yourself" 

David blinked back the tears as he watched the other 
children run away to play. How he wished he had remembered 
what Mother had said and had obeyed! 

From Wee Lambs June 13, 1971 

Answers for Bible quiz: 1. Jdioshaphat, I Kings 22:7. 2. Ahab I Kings 22:18. 3. MtcaiahlKings 
22:28. 4. Adam Gen. 2:23. 5. David I Samuel 17:26. 6. Ruth Ruth 1 : 1 6 7. Joshua Joshua 5:13. 
8. Joseph Gen. 45:3. 9. Job Job 13:15. 10. EzekielEzekiel 37:4,7. 11. Daniel Daniel 1:12. 12. 
JobJob 19:25. 13, MosesExodus 10:29. 14. Isaiah Isaiah 53:4. 15. SolomaiProverbs 1:17. 









VOL. 56 MAY, 2009 No. 5 

"And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the 
Saviour of the world." (I John 4: 14) 


M olding the lives that are mider her care, 
O ver them drawing a blanket of prayer. 
T hough her extent of dormnion is small, 
H ere she is queen and servant of all! 
E ver perceiving the good in each one, 
R ich is her love for each daughter and son. 


What is the best tribute to give to oiu" parents 
As thanks for the love and the care they have given? 
"Not roses or presents or praises, dear children, 
But to follow our steps on the pathway to heaven. " 

Mary E. Miller 
From My Home by the River 

THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the Old 
Brethren Churdi. Subscriptian rate: $7.50 per year. Sairjjle copies sent free on request. 
Publishing editor: LesUe Cover 
Address: THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee Road, Tuolumne, CA 95379 


For natural loyalty and love, there is no greater example 
than that of a mother. Our country has set a day to honor 
mothers, but we should not need a special day to show the love 
and respect we owe our parents. Mothers are the physical 
originators of each one. 

My earhest memories mclude my mother. She was always 
there, hard-workiag, thrifty, affectionate, and ready to dispel 
any troubles a young boy mevitably encounters. She knew her 
duty was to care for her children. Therefore she was nearly 
always at home, seldom trusting the watching over her children 
to anyone else. My mother and my home became something 
firm, constant, and rehable. Here we received discipline, love, 
and training for Christian Ufe. 

Memories are precious, but we must also acknowledge the 
value of those mothers servmg now, our wives, sisters, 
daughters. Never has there been more need for devoted 
Christian mothers and fathers. They belong together. Their 
united service to then children makes the difiference— whether or 
not they wiU serve the Lord Jesus Christ. You might think that 
statement is too strong. We know the parents are not the only 
influence for good m our tune. But the training by parents 
makes the most difference. 

Physically, the mother (and even more, the father) is larger 
and stronger. They have power to make the child obey. 
Natural love may hinder disciphne that God says is needed to 
train the child. Proverbs 23:13,14: "Withhold not correction 
fi-om the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he wiU not 
die. Thou shah beat him with the rod, and shah dehver his soul 
from hell. " This extreme disciphne is difficuh for a lovmg 


mother (or father). But it is a command of God. If done 
lovingly, prayerfully, assuring the child of his value, it is 

The mother is wiser than the child. Mother's wisdom can 
develop true character, healthy habits, clear convictions, and 
godly goals in her child and show him a well worn path to the 
cross. It includes learning ways of peace with others, cooking 
and homemakmg skills, true values, and thrift. 

Mothers teach then children to talk, to sing, to hsten, and to 
sympathize and care. Children have a right to the blessed things 
a mother can give. 

Hannah, mother of the prophet Samuel, is a model for 
mothers. She prayed for a son. Before he was bom, she 
dedicated him to God's service. After he was weaned she took 
him to "the house of God in ShUoh" to serve with Eh the priest. 

Christian parents can do the same as they train their children 
in their homes. Many of us have been prayed for before our 
birth. Devoted parents pray for good companions for their 
children, and that they will be good companions. Let your 
children hear you say their names in prayer. 

Through the agonies of childbirth, mothers earn then- 
position. Apparently God intended for childbirth to be easier. 
But afl;er the transgression in Eden, God said to Eve, "I wiU 
greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou 
shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, 
and he shaU rule over thee." 

I am thankful for our faithflil mothers and for those who 
have not had the privilege of bearing children of their own, but 
help sacrificiaUy by caring for children of others. 

Thank you, Lord, for our mothers both past and present. 
When a child, my brother wrote for a school assignment: 
"Without her I would fare badly. " — L. C. 



What is the meaning of this simple prayer? What is its 
importance? How often should we use it? Jesus said (Luke 
11:2) "When ye pray say, Our Father which art in heaven. . ." 
Does He mean every time we pray? In Matthew 6:9 Jesus says, 
"After this manner therefore pray ye: (the Lord's prayer 
follows.) In recent months our attention has been brought 
again to a study of these words of Jesus. In 2005 we printed a 
series of articles by Peter Cover on each phrase of this prayer. 
We plan to use it again just like it was written before: 


We all have earthly fathers. We all know who they are and 
what that means. When you speak of your father, you speak of 
someone that is older and more experienced that yourself 
Fathers are precious to us, and in our circles they are held in 
high regard by then: famihes. They make the ultimate decisions, 
and their word is final. They are told to rule theh homes weU 
and to treat their children with love. 

I have been told that the way children view their earthly 
father is quite hkely the way they also view their heavenly 
Father. Of course, that can change to a true vision as they draw 
closer to their heavenly Father. But what a responsibihty 
fathers have to give theh children a clear picture of their 
heavenly Father! 

Fathers are to be the head of the home. They are termed 
the "breadwinners." 

Daddy can always fix it, and Daddy has a comforting lap. 
Daddy can be stem and fearfial, but Daddy still loves. Daddy 
likes to see his children play nicely. Daddy hkes to see his 
children get along together. Daddy hkes to see Ms children 


grow up, and Daddy likes to see Ms children make wise 

Well, what do you thmk? Here we are starting this mighty 
prayer to "Our Father which art in heaven." He is a perfect 
Father. He loves His children infinitely more than an earthly 
father. He loves to see His children fed and clothed. He loves 
to see His children grow. He loves to see His children get 
along together and make wise choices. He is more than 
experienced. He is omniscient, and He does make the wisest 
decisions. His Word is the final word and there will be 
pimishment if it is not followed. 

I don't feel that our Father in heaven is looldng down in 
stem, forebodmg solemnity ready to crack the whip at the 
shghtest disobedience. Some may see Him that way. It is 
obvious to me that Jesus did not. He had dkect and complete 
access to the Father at all times, and so can we if we are 
covered by the blood of Jesus. Jesus never feared Him, but 
neither did He ever disobey Hun. We can be so thankfiil for the 
first few words of the Lord's Prayer because we are tapping into 
the greatest source of love, peace, joy, wisdom, and power. 
We have addressed the Almighty God. Let us fall on our knees 
and worship Him. 

Peter Cover 
Tuolumne, CaUfomia 


I treasure an old birthday card in my collection. Beneath 
the fadmg flowers and sweet old-time sentunents she wrote, 
"With love, fi-om Mother." Whenever I see that card, it takes 
me on a trip down memory lane, and I recall so many things 
that she did, with love. 


There was a special sort of kindergarten with the teacher 
seated at the treadle sewing machiae and the two students 
crowded around her, fascinated by the turning wheel. As her 
hands guided the fabric, she taught counting, ABC's, Do re mi's, 
and more: the Ten Commandments were learned by heart; the 
books of the New Testament, the names of the twelve disciples, 
Bible stories and the twenty-third Psalm. Did she know that 
when she hid those verses m my heart, they would never by 

She spent hours at the treadle sewing machine, making our 
clothes and mending. There were some times when I wanted a 
new dress so badly, and maybe I selfishly told her ". . .all the 
other gnls. . ." I didn't thmk that she might be tired, or would 
have to stay up late to finish it, but in the morning when I 
awoke, a beautifiil new dress was hanging in my room, "with 
love fi-om Mother. " 

One day in school, the teacher had a message for me. My 
parents had been called to leave town for a few days. When I 
went home that afternoon, they were gone. The first thing I 
noticed was that Mother had quickly finished my navy dress. 
How did she find time? She had only a few short hours to 
pack? But she made my happiness her priority. Did I ever 
thank her? Or did I just assume that she would do it? It was a 
small miracle to me, and yet, miracles were no problem for her! 

If she heard her girls gossiping about someone, she would 
say, "Girls, a dog that will carry a bone, wiU fetch a bone," 
meaning that if we talk about someone, we may expect that they 
will talk about us! Sometimes I didn't get along very well with 
my brother and sisters. We even had some arguments! A httle 
later we might hear her siagmg quietly, "Angry words, oh let 
them never fiom the tongue unbridled slip; Let the heart's best 
impulse ever check them 'ere they soU the Up." My conscience 
was stkred when I heard her singmg those words because it 
meant that she was disappomted in us. 


Jn the growing up years she cared about our frustrations and 
disappomtments as well as our happy times. When she sensed 
our trials, we knew it would turn out all right because she said it 
would. She quoted Bible verses, she prayed, and her prayers 
seemed so much more eiFective than mine. 

Like countless mothers before her, she didn't t hink she was 
domg anything heroic, but when all the httle acts of love and 
kmdness are added together, the sum is the order and beauty of 
a home. And when there is an urgent need, mothers respond 
with love ui action. 

Mary Ann Martin 

Dalton, Ohio 


I have seen some interesting things happen at the appouited 
sailing hours of big passenger liners. Some passengers arrive at 
docks with a margin of only a few mmutes to care for important 
items which should have been taken care of days before. And 
not a few miss the boat because of putting off these hnportant 
items of business until the last mmute. I have seen passengers 
rush up to the edge of the dock as their ship was puUmg away; 
and what a look of distress came over then faces, as they saw 
that widening strip of water between them and the boat! Some, 
by paying a man with a motor boat a large sum of money, 
managed to overtake the liner and get on board. 

During the evacuation of American and British citizens from 
the doomed city of Rangoon, when it fell to the Japanese, a 
tragic mcident occurred. One of the last British passenger ships 
had been sent in to take away as many as it could carry of the 
remaming citizens. As in all such mstances, the saihng hour was 
kept secret, but the passengers were told the hour when they 
must be aboard. After loading, the ship remained at the dock all 
night. One passenger the next mormng thought of somethmg 


he wanted to attend to back in the city, and decided to return to 
take care of it, as he feh certain the ship would not leave early 
that day. It had been scheduled to sail hours before, and as it 
had not sailed, he thought it would not do so for some hours to 
come. He asked certam of the officers when the ship would 
sail, but could get no satisfactory answer. AH they told him was 
to remain on board. Agamst the protest of his wife, and the 
advice of the ship's officers, he disembarked and returned to the 
city. He had not been gone thirty minutes before the great 
vessel slowly and silently pulled away from the shore. There 
was his wife with her three httle children on board, leaving the 
doomed city, and her husband left behind. The poor woman 
arrived in Calcutta without money, without any friends, and 
without her companion. What became of him, we do not know. 
He didn't intend to be left behind. He just took a chance. 

How many will be left behind when Jesus comes, not 
intentionaUy, but through taking chances. Beheve me, fiiend, it 
doesn't pay to take chances m this matter. The man or woman 
who is left behmd when Jesus comes, will be left to eternal 
doom. There is one, and only one, vessel to take you to 
heaven; and if you miss that, you have missed it all. 

Those Hving in the day of Noah took a chance. Fhst they 
argued that a flood could not come as, up to that tune, it had 
not rained (Genesis 2:6). A flood, they argued, was against 
nature. Although Noah's message was from God, they doubted. 
Although Noah built accordmg to God's specifrcations, they stiU 
doubted. Jesus said that those antediluvians "knew not until the 
flood came." They could have known, but they chose not to 
know. But their choosing not to know did not keep back the 
Deluge, ft came as a great destructive catastrophe to aU those 
who had taken a chance. Not one escaped. As the waters rose 
they climbed to the highest hiUs, and no doubt many climbed the 
highest trees on the highest mountauis, and were eventually 
engulfed in the risuig tide. 


Won't you receive the waiiiiug Jesus spoke with His own 
hps, the warning that His Spirit is striving to impress upon us 
today? Said He, "As it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be 
also in the days of the Son of man." (Luke 17:26). Let that 
warn you. He said. But will men today be warned by what had 
happened ia the past? Let us see. 

In the third chapter of II Peter, the apostle gives us 
somethhig to think about. "Knowmg this first, that there shall 
come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, and 
saying. Where is the promise of His coming? For since the 
fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the 
beginning of creation. For this they are wUhngly ignorant of, 
that by the word (command) of God the heavens were of old, 
and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: 
whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, 
perished; but the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the 
same word (command) are kept in store, reserved unto fire 
agamst the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men." 

The greatest news in the world today is the news that Jesus 
our Saviour gave to His disciples to preach into all the world to 
every creature: that this Jesus whom ye have crucified, is risen, 
and was taken up into heaven, and is coming again to judge the 
world and rescue His saints out of it. Increased knowledge, 
world travel, people running to and fro, broken homes and 
family strife; unnatural sex, disregard for maniage, fornication, 
adultery; violence; rebelhon against God, goverrunent, teachers, 
employers, husbands, parents; despisers of good people, 
worshipers of pleasure instead of God: aU these predictions of 
Jesus Himself about these last days are enough to turn a 
beheving heart away Irom sin to the Cmcified One whose blood 
cleanses us fiom all umighteousness. 

H. H. Mattison, Pilgrim Tract Society 

From Scrapbook of Ideas #2 by Vera Overholt 


Of a mean conceit of ourselves in the sight of God 

I will speak unto my Lord, though I am but dust and ashes. 
(Gen. 18:27). If I esteem myself to be any thing more, behold, 
Thou standest against me, and my htiquities bear true witness, 
and I cannot contradict it. But if I abase myself, and reduce 
myself to nothing, and shrink from all self-esteem, and grind 
myself to (what I am) dust. Thy grace will be favorable to me, 
and Thy hght near unto my heart; and all self-esteem, how httle 
soever, shall be swallowed up in the valley of my nothingness, 
and perish for ever. 

There Thou shewest Thyself unto me, what I am, what I 
have been, and whither I am come; for I am nothing, and I knew 
it not. If I be left to myself, behold! I am nothing and altogether 
weakness; but if Thou for an instant look upon me, I am 
forthwith made strong, and am filled with new joy. And a great 
marvel it is, that I am so suddenly lifted up, and so graciously 
embraced by Thee, who of mine own weight am always sinking 
to the depths. 

This is the work of Thy love, freely preventing me, and 
reheving me in so many necessities, guarding me also from 
pressing dangers, and snatching me (as I may truly say) from 
evils out of number. For indeed by loving myself amiss, I lost 
myself; and by seeking Thee alone, and purely lovmg Thee, I 
have found both myself and Thee; and by that love have more 
deeply reduced myself to nothing. Because Thou, O sweetest 
Lord, dealest with me above aU desert, and above aU that I dare 
hope for or ask. 

2. Blessed be Thou, my God: for although I be unworthy of 
any benefrts, yet Thy noble boimty and infinite goodness never 
ceaseth to do good even to the ungratefiil, and to those who are 
turned away far from Thee. 

THE pnrrRTM n 

Turn Thou us unto Thee, that we may be thankful, humble, 
and devout; for Thou art our salvation, our courage, and our 

Thomas A Kempis 


Joseph Tate Mishawaka, Indiana April 12 
May God direct this young brother as he serves in the 
Kingdom of Jesus Christ. May he be faith&l in the Church. 


WAGNER - A daughter, Vanessa Nicole, bom January 14 to 
David and Mona Wagner of New Era, Michigan. 

ROYER - A daughter, JoeUe Brooke, bom April 14 to Nathan 
and Carrie Royer of Goshen, Indiana. 

ROYER - A daughter. Jasmine Willow, bom April 15 to Caleb 
and Tammy Royer of Elkhart, Indiana. 


Emily Brandt & Courtney OberhoLzer 
21191 Longeway Rd. 
Sonora, CA 95370 

Charlesta Savage's cell (937) 459-8379 

Rachel Ray's correction 7330 CR201 


Of Puzzles 

There is a puzzle on the small table in a comer of my Irving 
room. Nearly every time I walk past, it seems to beckon me. 
Not only is it hard to stay away; it is even harder to get away 
once I start working at it. And I did not think I hked puzzles! 

It has probably been ten or fifteen years since I last started 
and finished a puzzle of my own. Somehow, I thought I had 
outgrown that hobby; besides, I didn't have time. There was so 
much necessary work m a day. I guess I sort of got the feehng 
puzzles were useless. 

So why is there a puzzle on my table now? It started as an 
exception. These lovely Thomas Kincaid puzzles were selling 
for $4.00 at the "Dented Can," much less expensive than most 
stores seU them. I'm rather partial to Thomas KJncaid's fine 
artwork, and I needed a gift for a family member who happens 
to be fond of puzzles. It seemed the sensible thing to do. But I 
did wonder if I, the "nonpuzzler," stood a chance of finishing 
this gift on tkne. 

That was several weeks ago. Sometime since then my 
perspective changed. That puzzle comer became a delight as I 
spent hours searching and fitting, finding out I was wrong, and 
trying again. The puzzle is aU blue and white, in varymg shades, 
and often the shape is the only factor to indicate what belongs 
where. There is a certain thrill as the perfect place for each 
small piece is discovered, and httle by httle the scene in its quiet 
loveliness develops under my hands. 

One evening as I lingered a few minutes at the puzzle before 
heading to bed, and settled one more tiny bit into place, that 
now-famihar thrill shot through me, followed by a sudden 


"I will rejoice over you. I will joy over you with siaging. I 
know the plans that I have for you, saith the Lord. . . I will lay 
thy stones with fair colors. . . " 

If I care so much about one httle piece of puzzle, how much 
infinitely greater must be the Master's care for each small, 
puzzling detail of our hves? 

There have been times when I felt shattered beyond repair- 
certainly did not feel like an object of joy and beauty. Some of 
those tunes, as dearly cherished hopes and plans lay at my feet 
seemingly crushed mto dust, I really thought my life was ruined, 
that I would never be the same again. 

It is true enough: I won't be the same agam. It came as 
something of a shock recently, to realize that some of the 
richest delights of life as I know it now, have come about, not 
in spite of, but directly because of the hardest trials and heaviest 
griefs IVe faced. 

When I stood weeping over my "ruined picture," my 
Heavenly Father, Master of puzzles, was aheady seeing clearly 
the wonderful new picture He would create from my shards. 
He knew all along where each fragment and sphnter should be 
placed to produce something completely new and miinitely 
better than the tattered scrap I had been clinging to. 

My puzzle is not finished yet. It is coming together httle by 
httle vtdth quiet, patient, carefiil work. When the thrill runs 
through me as another piece settles mto its proper place, I think 
of the other puzzle— God's puzzle. 

It is not completed yet, either. He is stiU working on it 
patiently, carefiilly, with great wisdom and a keen eye to 
perfection and beauty, setting each piece into place unerringly. 

Sometimes I try twenty pieces before I find the correct fit. 
Not so with God. He works steadily forward with never a 

If my heart thrills to one piece of this smaU picture set iti 
place, what must be the joy in the heart of the Master as He 

14 THE PnrrRTM 

builds the puzzle of each hfe for us, tenderly setting every piece 
into perfect place? As He places the final link iii the chain of 
understanding for a truth we've struggled to grasp, as He meets 
the need which had overwhelmed and caused us fear, as He 
gives us clear direction in the sudden, unexpected decisions that 
arise irom day to day--what must be the delight of His love over 
His children as they let Hun have then- shards to create His 

I wonder what His Master Puzzle looks hke? I've asked 
KBm sometimes, and He tells me, "What I do thou knowest not 
now, but hereafter--" 

My deUght ia this httle puzzle is insignificant in comparison 
to the joy my Father declares He finds m His children. My heart 
is fiiU as I work over my puzzle and hear again that still, small 
whisper in my heart, "I have loved thee with an everlasting love. 
I have called thee by name. Thou art precious in my sight. 
Thou art mine. " 

I feel humbled, chastened, fireed, and so loved. His love is 
so huge, yet so intunately tender that it takes my breath away. I 
thank Hun for this tangible illustration and reminder of His care. 
Once again I fitnd myself standing over a mass of pieces, 
with a lump in my throat. I would not stop the tears of joy that 
spring up imbidden. This is only the beghming. "The half has 
never yet been told! " You mean I feared and cringed from this? 
I would have refiised it if I could— God knows. 

Susanna K Tate 
Wakarusa, Indiana 

Spirit of the Living God, Fall fi:esh on me. 
Spirit of the Livmg God, Fall fresh on me. 
Melt me, mold me, fill me, use me; 
Spirit of the Livmg God, FaU fi-esh on me. 



Nancy and Rex 

"Tell us a story, Grandma. Tell us about Rex," said Davy as 

he and Nancy both tried to cUmb onto Grandma's lap. Grandma 

had told the story over and over again, but Davy and Nancy 

never tired of hearing it, and Grandma loved to tell it. 

"I was just four years old, when it happened," said 
Grandma, "just as old as you are now, Davy. Rex and I had 
been the best of pals. Rex was our big Newfoundland dog." 

"My father had made Rex understand that it was his duty to 
look after me. He was to follow me and see that I did not get 
into any place of danger. " 

"But one day I wandered off to the river. Some boys had 
left a raft there, ft was partly on the shore and partly on the 
water. Rex tried to stop me fi^om getting on to the raft. He 
barked and placed himself in fi-ont of me. But I wanted my own 
way. I had a sick in my hand. Rex grabbed my dress and tried 
to pull me back with his teeth. But naughty me! I jumped on 
the raft. Rex jumped on too. But he was heavy and his weight 
pushed the raft away fi-om the river bank. Rex and I started 
floating down the river and were carried along by the current." 

"And you were terribly afraid, weren't you. Grandma?" 
asked Davy. 

"Indeed I was," exclaimed Grandma. "I snuggled close to 
Rex who stood faitlftully on guard. He barked loudly and tried 
to make someone hear him and come to our rescue. But no one 
seemed to hear. We sailed aroxmd the bend in the river. " 

"Did you cry for your mama?" asked Nancy. 

"Yes, my dear, I cried hard. I didn't know if I would ever 
find my daddy and mommie again! I was bekig carried farther 
away from home every minute. Then I did something that was 
very foolish! But it turned our for the best. I stood up on the 
raft and jumped into the river. Down I went under the water, 

but faithful Rex was right beside me. As I ca^ d to the top of 
the water, Rex grabbed my clothes with his strong teeth and 
with swift strokes started to swim to shore. 

"Both Rex and I were tenibly wet, and all covered with 
water weeds. I was so afraid. I could hardly stand up. But 
Rex kept on barkhig Avildly for help. Soon Father came to see 
what was wrong. When he saw me he began to scold Rex, but 
I told my daddy all that had happened. 

"Wanting my own way got me into a lot of trouble. After 
that I trusted Rex and obeyed him when he tried to stop me 
from domg something wrong." 

The Bible says everyone has turned to his own way. Our 
own way always brings us mto danger, sin, and sorrow. When 
Grandmother was a httle girl, she had Rex to keep an eye on 
her. But boys and girls have Someone far greater who cares 
and loves and looks after them. Yes, it is the Lord Jesus. He is 
the Good Shepherd of the sheep. He gave His Ufe for His 
sheep. He wants them to walk m His way. His way is a path of 
happiness and peace. 

Selected from Childhood Days 
and The Church Correspondent 












VOL. 56 JUNE-JULY, 2009 Nos. 6 & 7 

"And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the 
Saviour of the world." (IJohn 4:14) 


Exquisite, beautifiilly carved; 

The alabaster box. 
A rich perfiame, costly and rare 

Within its depth it locks. 

A woman bears it carefiiUy, 

Until at Jesus' feet, 
She breaks it, and the air is filled 

With scent so rich and sweet. 

Broken and useless now it seems. 

Ah! no; consider, see 
For this mtent it was designed; 

A poignant mystery. 

Miriam J. (Sauder) BrechbUl 
Lancaster, Pennsylvania 

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Wliy did God make thistles? Look for the answer in 
Genesis 3:17,18. Thistles have sharp thorns down to the 
ground. They are well rooted and many seeded. They remind 
me of sins, and I offer thoughts here to compare pulling thistles 
to wrenching sins out of our hves. There are similarities, but 
also important differences. To conquer sin it required the 
sacrifice of God's only Son. We cannot do it alone Hke we can 
go out and puU thistles. But the need to be rid of sins is hke the 
problem of thistles in a field. They will spread and crowd out 
what we would encourage. There is no good Qmt from sin or 

I set out to rid my property of thistles. I found they were 
estabUshed in a dozen places, much more than I had known. 
Before they go to seed, they can be pulled and burned. (You 
farmers probably are thinking, "Why not use a Uttle Roundup?") 
I took a bag and leather gloves and a hoe for those that broke 
off I found it would have been simpler if I had made the 
resolve years before. 

As I began, it seemed easy-just pull them out of the damp 
soil and stuff them into the bag! But there are so many! Some 
are small—hard to get the root. And even small ones will grow. 

Thistles take space that could be for grass or something 
even more finitfiil. Sms are like that. They take tune, fill our 
thoughts, and crowd out good activities. 

To pull a thistle you must grip it near the root or it may 
break off. The root will sprout shoots that bear seed. It 
reminds one of the root of bitterness of Hebrews 12:15: 
"Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest 
any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby 


many be defiled." Bitterness in our hearts can infect others. It 
doesn't always show. It stays hidden untH it sprouts growth 
that has thorns and seeds. It is hostile to good relationships. 
Let God identify and pull out this root. 

It takes gloves to puU thistles. Cloth gloves will not do. 
Leather gloves keep thorns fi-om penetrating. As we know, 
leather gloves require the death of a creature that hved and had 
blood. Has this any parallel in rooting out sin in our Hves? 

The object in pulling thistles is to get them before they go to 
seed. The seeds are tiny; the wind can carry them to new areas. 
Let God rid us of sins before they spread. 

Some things that might not be sin to us can affect a weak 
brother. Paul writes of our responsibility in I Cor. 8:8-13. In 
his day food offered to idols was really not defiling in itself^ but 
one who thought it wrong should not "be emboldened to eat 
those things which are offered to idols." 

What comprises idols in our day? A httle wine? TV? 
Internet? Videos? These could be used for good, you say. But 
much of their use-in fact, their purpose and support-compares 
to an idol of Paul's era. John, for all tune, writes "Little 
children, keep yourselves fi-om idols." 

On the positive side, once a thistle is pulled, the one next to 
it is easier due to the ground loosened by removing the first. 
The song says, "Each victory wUl help us, some other to win." 
Be assured that God is on our side in our desire to overcome 
sia in our hves. To Him belong the leather gloves, the hoe, and 
the resolve to begin and contiaue this work. 

All glory to Jesus, the One who bore our sins in His own 
body on the tree. -L.C. 

A good teacher is one who can understand those who are 
not good at explaining, and explam to those who are not very 
good at understanding. 

Dwight D. Eisenhower 



After several prison visits and a tour through the Elkhart 
County Jail, the words of Paul in Romans 8 stand out to me. 

The warden at Elkhart told our group that they have 70% 
recidivism~70% of these prisoners relapse iato ciiminal 
behavior after they jBnish a prison term. It's a dismal picture of 
humanity without God. 

Romans 8: 

Verse 1. "There is therefore now no condemnation to them 
which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after 
the Spirit." 

The place is fiill of people who have been condemned. 
Their "walking after the flesh" has caught up with them 

2. "For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath 
made me fi^ee from the law of sin and death. " 

3. "For what the law could not do in that it was weak 
through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of 
sinfiil flesh, and for sin condemned sin in the flesh." 

We ourselves are powerless to Hve out God's laws. Walls, 
doors, and fences confine prison inmates because they couldn't 
Uve out oxu" coimtry's laws on their own. 

4. "That the righteousness of the law might be fiilfilled in 
us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit." 

5. "For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of 
the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the 

6. "For to be camaUy minded is death; but to be spiritually 
minded is hfe and peace." 

The prison system is designed to keep those with carnal min ds 
who are spiritually dead, in captivity. Handcuffs might shackle 
a prisoner's hands, but will do nothing to change what's going 
through his mind. Satan could be busy hiside him While he's 
forced to give up outwardly, his thoughts could stiU be obsessed 


with revenge. Someone Uke this illustrates the carnal death 
referred to in verse 6. They are dead to anything loving. 

Tragically, gang jealousies and hatred lead to physical death 
for some in prison. Those with a hfe sentence or years of prison 
time to serve feel hke they have nothing to hve for. Life and 
peace in Jesus are beyond their comprehension. 

14. "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are 
the sons of God." 

15. "For we have not received the spirit of bondage agam 
to fear; but we have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby 
we cry, Abba, Father." 

My visits have made me thankflil in a new way for freedom. 
Thank God that we have pohce and other officials who are 
wilhng to help keep our country safe. Paul gives us clear 
teaching ui Romans 13 to respect them for the job they do. 

The freedom Christ gives us to foUow Him is an even 
greater gift. We don't have to hve with the spirit of bondage 
and fear. God wiU receive us as His children if we let Him be 
our Father. 

Jesse Martin, Wakarusa, Indiana 

I care for a woman who is traveling into the world of 
Alzheimer's. Some moments she is clear, and the next moment 
she is not. One day I heard her in her bedroom and when I 
went to check on her, she was usmg her walker seat as a 
bathroom stool. I said, "Oh, we need to go to the bathroom." 
She looked me m the eye and said, "I did not do it, you did." 
For the next several hours she was very upset. When she had to 
look at me, she would keep saymg, "I did not do it, you did." 
She would be m her chah thinking and say, "What are we gomg 
to do about it?" I would reassure her over and over that it was 
okay and I took care of everything. By afternoon she was stUl 


upset and said, "What are we going to do?" I got a chair and 
sat down beside her and she looked at me with real soitow in 
her eyes and said, "I'm so sorry. What are we going to do?" 
(She couldn't say what she was sony for. She just knew in her 
heart somethitig was wrong.) 

I put my arm around her and gave her a hug and a kiss. I 
told her I loved her and forgave her and everything was taken 
care of She got a peaceful, relaxed look on her face; her heart 
was at peace. 

Her mind is too cloudy to know what she is doing often 
times, but she still knew enough that she couldn't be at peace 
with herself The thing that reaUy touched my heart was that 
once I told her I loved her and forgave her, she wanted me to 
be sitting right beside her aU the rest of the day. She even got 
out of her chair and came to the couch to sit by me. 

I think of this lesson and wonder how it is with aU of us 
who claim to be followers of Jesus Christ. When we do wrong, 
do we want to blame the other person? 

When someone says they did wrong and are sorry, do we 
assure them that we love them and forgive them? Can they feel 
our love so much that they want to be close to us so they can 
keep feehng that love? Do we assure them by our actions 
before they can admit they were wrong that we do care for 
them and it is safe to say they were wrong? Only if they feel 
safe in our love and can see in our actions what our response 
will be, can we make it easy for them to say, "I was wrong; Im 

To aU of you who claim to be bom again, I ask you to 
search your own hearts and see what is reaUy there. We ah 
need our hearts renewed from time to time. We pray that each 
one can get past their head (intellectual level) to then hearts to 
know what is really there. 

Praying for each one, 

Nancy Oyler, Goshen, Indiana 


The dictionary says "hallow" means "to make or set apart as 
holy; sanctify, consecrate." 

We have addressed our Father in heaven. Now we are 
calling Him holy. This brings a beauti&l picture in my mind of 
how His name is hallowed in heaven. Revelation 4 describes 
the very throne of God, our Father. The eighth verse says, 
"And the four beasts had each of them six wings about Mm and 
they were foil of eyes within and they rest not day and night, 
saying. Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Ahmghty which was, and 
is, and is to come." The following verses tell of the twenty-four 
elders faffing down before Him, worshipping Hun and casting 
then- crowns before His throne. Verse 1 1 ends the chapter with, 
"Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and 
power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure 
they are and were created." 

To search the depths of the hohness of God is a Mfetime 
work. He is incomprehensibly holy. "At His name our hearts 
do leap." He is Lord of all. Human minds cannot express His 
complete hohness. Only God, the One we are worshipping, can 
give us abUity to set Hun apart in our hves. 

He is worthy of our worship and praise. As we pray to 
Him, we are drawn to thmk of Hun in His hohness. TTiink of 
His divine power and authority. Think about His majestic 
throne and the way He rules the earth and sky. Think back 
through the years and see His master plan in each Ufe. Think of 
the foture and how we shall see Hun in all His splendor. 
Beloved, our minds cannot fathom the depth and height and 
breadth of the Father's hohness. 

A picture comes to my mmd of one way we hallow His 
name here on earth. In my mind's eye I see all my dear brethren 
and sisters sitting around the communion table. The closmg 
prayer has been prayed and announcements for foture meetings 


have been stated. I think we aU know the feeling of true joy as 
we unite oui" voices in song to end that sacred meeting. Our 
hearts are fidl of praise and zeal to hve our hves in complete 
worship to our Holy God. 

Our hearts reach out to a Holy God. We as mortals know 
how unholy we are without the blood of Jesus cleansing us fiom 
sin. God sees our weak endeavors to worship Him, and I 
beheve He is satisfied when we come to Him in brokenness to 
hallow His name. (Reprinted fi-om June, July, 2005.) 

Peter Cover, Tuolumne, California 


1. Come. Never miss church unless it is absolutely 

2. Come early. Rushing into church the last minute is not 
conducive to true worship. 

3. Come with yom* whole family. "The church service is 
not a convention that a family should merely send a delegate." 

4. Take a place toward the front of the church. Leave 
the rear seats for those who may come late, and for the 
backshders, and mothers with children. Please! 

5. Be devout. The church is not a theater or a place of 
amusement. You come to worship God, not to whisper, lounge 
or sleep. God's house deserves our utmost reverence. 

6. Be thoughtful of others. Never make a haystack of 
yomrself at the end of the row and expect others to crawl over 
you to reach a seat. 

7. Help strangers to find and follow the service. If they 
have no book, share yours with them. Shig! Join in the 
worship! Don't just sit. ! 


8. Always remember that strangers are the guests of the 

church members. Treat them with the same courtesy as you 
would if they should visit in your own home. 

9. Never rush for the door after the benediction as though 
the church were on fire. Speak and be spoken to. Be 

10. Never stay away from church because the church is 
not perfect. How lonesome you would feel in a perfect church. 

11. Remember at all times that you are in the House 
where we worship God. —Selected 

Of the Remembrance of God's Manifold Benefits 

Open, O Lord, my heart in Thy law, and teach me to walk in 
Thy commandments. 

Grant me to understand Thy will, and with great reverence 
and dihgent consideration to remember Thy benefits, as well in 
general as in particular, that henceforward I may be able 
worthily to give Thee thanks. 

But I know and confess that I am not able, even in the least 
matter, to give Thee due thanks for the favors which Thou 
bestowest upon me. I am less than the least of all Thy benefits: 
and when I consider Thy noble bounty, the greatness thereof 
maketh my spirit to faint. 

2. All that we have m our soul and body, and whatsoever 
we possess outwardly or inwardly, naturally or supematuraUy, 
are Thy benefits, and do speak Thee bountifiil, merctfiil, and 
good, from whom we have received all good things. 

Although one have received more, another less, all 
notwithstanding are Thine, and without Thee even the least 
blessing cannot be had. 

He that hath received the greatest cannot glory of his own 
desert nor extol himself above others, nor insult over the lesser. 


For he is the greatest and the best who ascribeth least unto 
himself, and who in rendering thanks is the most humble and 
most devout. 

And he that esteemeth himself viler than all men, and 
judgeth himself most unworthy, is fittest to receive greater 

3. But he that hath received fewer, ought not to be out of 
heart, nor to take it grievously, nor to envy them that are 
enriched with greater store; but rather to turn his mind to Thee, 
and highly to praise Thy goodness, for that Thou bestowest Thy 
gifts so bountifiiUy, so fi'eely, and so wiUingly, without respect 

All things proceed firom Thee, and therefore in all things 
Thou art to be praised. 

Thou knowest what is fit to be given to every one. And 
why this man hath less and that man more, it is not for us to 
judge, but for Thee who dost exactly know what is meet for 
every one. 

4. Wherefore, O Lord God, I even esteem it a great mercy, 
not to have much of that which outwardly and in the opinion of 
men seems worthy of glory and applause. 

He who considereth the poverty and imworthiness of his 
own person, should be so far from conceiving grief or sadness, 
or from being cast down thereat, that he rather should take 
great comfort and be glad. 

For Thou, O God, hast chosen the poor and humble and the 
despised of this world for Thyseli^ to be Thy familiar fiiends and 

Witnesses are Thine apostles themselves, whom Thou hast 
made princes over all the earth. 

And yet they hved m the world without complaint, so 
humble and simple, without aU mahce and deceit, that they even 
rejoiced to suffer reproach for Thy name; and what the world 
abhorreth, they embraced with great affection. 


5. When therefore a man loveth Thee and acknowledgeth 
Thy benefits, nothing ought so to rejoice him as Thy will 
toward him, and the good pleasure of Thine eternal 

And herewith he ought to be so contented and comforted 
that he would as willingly be the least, as another would Avish to 
be the greatest. 

He would too be as peaceable and contented in the last 
place as in the first; as willmg to be a despised castaway, of no 
name or character, as to be preferred in honor before others, 
and to be greater in the world than they. 

For Thy wiU and the love of Thy glory ought to be preferred 
before aU things, and to comfort him more, and to please bim 
better than aU the benefits which either he hath received or may 
receive. Thomas A Kempis 


We woiild hke to thank each one that helped us in the last 
couple months of packing, moving, adjusting, and now building 
a new bam. The prayers, words of encouragement, food, time, 
labor, and support are much appreciated. 
May God bless you all. 

Matthew, Sarah and family 
Andrew, Maria and family 

We would hke to thank each of you brothers and sisters for 
all of the prayers and support and the financial help during 
Ryan's recent illness. We praise God for the healing! May the 
Lord bless all of you for your love and kmdness. 

Ryan and Rosanna and Jamaica Flora 



Michelle Guthrey Tuolumne, California June 19 
Melody Royer Wakamsa, Indiana June 26 

Judith Martin Wakamsa, Indiana June 26 

Evan Martin Wakarusa, Indiana June 26 

May these dear young people be faithfiil to the Lord Jesus 
and usefiil in His Kingdom. 


ROYER - A daughter, April Erin, bom December 2, 2008, and 
received by adoption April 29, 2009, to Reuben and Abigail 
Royer of Nappanee, Indiana. 

GOLDING - A daughter, Janae Leann, bom May 3 1 to Jeff and 
Deanna Golding of Nappanee, Indiana. 

MOSER - Kezia Jo, bom June 18 to Kendall and Lorene Moser 
of Nappanee, Indiana. 

CONING - Matthew Alex, bom June 24 to Thad and Suzanne 
Coning of Goshen, Indiana. 

ROYER - A daughter, Payton Michelle, bom July 6 to Brad 
and Laura Royer of Nappanee, Indiana. 

COVER - A daughter, Kayla Nicole, bom July 6 to Sam and 
Lois Cover of Tuolumne, California. 

Other books were given for our information; the Bible was 
given for our transformation. —Selected 



ROYER-STALTER Marcus Royer and Becky Stalter were 
married June 20, 2009, at Wakarusa, Indiana. 
New address: 25623 CR 44 

Nappanee, IN 46550-9335 
Marcus's ceU: (574)361-4270 
Diana's cell: (574)312-4121 

BROWN-ORDWAY Randy Brown and Laura Ordway were 
married July 4, 2009 at Tahoe City, California. 
New address: P.O. Box 393 

Enfield, New Hampshire 03748 


Andrew Martin: 736 Godfrey Rd. 

Hollandsburg, OH 45332 
(937) 997-2125 

Matthew Martin: 717 Weavers - Ft. JefiFerson Rd. 

New Madison, Ohio 45346 
(937) 997-4586 

Daniel Cover: 19293 Cherokee Rd. 

Tuolumne, CA 95379-9605 

Reuben Royer's phone: (574) 307-0378 

Today's Christian is surrounded by compromise in pohtics, 
science, law, medicine, and even theology. KnoAving and 
defending God's truth has never been more vital. 

From the ICK Acts & Facts 



Bible Quiz 

Which New Testament person said this? 

1. Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and 
given to the poor? John 12:5 

2. Lord, lay not this sin to then charge. 

Acts 7:60 

3. Understandest thou what thou readest? 

Acts 8:30 

4. Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither 
to draw. John 4:15 

5. Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. 

Matthew 8:2 

6. And now also the axe is laid to the root of the trees. 
Matthew 3:10 

7. I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day. 

Revelation 1:10 

8. Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian. 

Acts 26:28 

9. I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision. 

Acts 26: 19 

10. Cast thy garment about thee, and follow me. 

Acts 12:8 

11. Of a truth I perceive that God is not respecter of persons. 
Acts 10:34 

12. Ye men of GaUlee, why stand ye gazing into heaven? 
Acts 1:11 

13. Fear not: beheve only, and she shaU be made whole. 
Luke 8:50 

14. Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we 
know the way. John 14:5 

15. Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. 

John 14:5 


16. Let us also go, that we may die with him. 
John 11:16 

17. I find no fauh m this man. Luke 23:4 

18. Ye stiff-necked and uncucumcised in heart and ears, ye do 
always resist the Holy Ghost. Acts?: 5 1 

A Lesson from a Bhnd Girl 

The door of my store opened; a little girl came m holding 
her mother's hand. She looked like any other fi^ve or six year 
old girl except for one thing. In her other hand she carried a 
long white stick which she moved back and forth m fi:ont of her 
as she walked. She was blind. 

Soon her mother let go of her hand and began to shop for 
fabric. The httle ghl walked around by herself, but she didn't 
run into anything because she always felt ahead with the stick. 
Before long she discovered the toy comer. I don't know how 
she knew the toys were m there. Perhaps she felt them between 
the pickets of the fence. She asked if someone would help her 
open the gate, so her mother went and opened it. The httle girl 
walked m, put down her stick, and began to play. The toys 
were scattered aroimd on the floor, but she was careflil and 
didn't stumble over them. Then her mother said, "There's a big 
basket over in the comer. Why don't you pick up the toys and 
put them in it?" 

What do you think the httle girl said? Do you think she 
whined and fussed and said it was too hard because she 
couldn't see the toys or the basket? No, she didn't. She said, 
"Okay!" very cheerfidly and began to pick them up. She feh 
each one until she knew what it was, then put it into the basket. 



The next time you feel like complaining when your mother 
asks you to pick up the toys, just think how much easier it is 
than if you were bhnd, and do it cheerfully. 

A great gray elephant, 
A httle yellow bee; 
A tmy purple violet, 
A tail green tree; 
A red and white sailboat 
On a blue sea; 

AH these thing You gave to me 
When You made my eyes to see. 
Thank You, God! -Author unknown 

Jean Martin, Goshen, Indiana 
Reprinted from r/je Pz/^/w, Feb, 1997 











VOL. 56 AUGUST-SEPTEMBER, 2009 Nos. 8 & 9 

"And we have seen and do testiiy that the Father sent the Son to be the 
Saviour of the world." (IJohn 4:14) 


Lord, who am I to teach the way 
To Mttle children day by day, 
So prone myself to go astray? 

I teach them knowledge, but I know 
How faint the flicker and how low 
The candles of my knowledge glow. 

I teach them power to will and do 

But only now to learn anew 

My own great weakness through and through. 

I teach them love for aU mankind 
And aU God's creatures, but I find 
My love comes lagging far behind. 

Lord, if their guide I stih must be. 
Oh, let the Uttle children see 
Their teacher leaning hard on Thee. 

Leslie Pickney Hill 

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"Jesus, Jesus, Jesus; sweetest name Jknow; 
Fills my every longing; keeps me singing as I go. " 
We saw devotion in the eyes of the native pastors and 
teachers of Haiti as they sang enthusiastically of the Savior. 
They smg many of our famihar tunes but m thek own Creole 
language, of course. One favorite speaks of "How much I owe 
eternal love." {If they owe much, we owe much more!) 
Another, "We cannot lose our hope." 

We came home "rich" after being m Haiti again, servmg at a 
semi-annual seminar at the Mennonite Gospel Mission to Haiti. 
It's difficult to describe the difference between our affluence and 
Haitian poverty. You need to see it to beheve it. 

Then poverty is beyond lack of money. With Hteracy being 
48% (some say functional hteracy may be as low as 20%) and 
unemployment (loitering) 50-70%, then condition is desparate. 
To manage, to work, to save and plan for the fliture: these are 
all areas of need for many Haitians. 

Then coxmtry is tropical with exotic, beautifiil trees and 
undergrowth ~ where they haven't harvested for charcoal. 
Avocados and mangos were m season. If you smile and wave 
to Haitians, they usually smile warmly and wave spontaneously. 
Our experience there has been short and temporary, but 
gratifying. We were privileged to help ui the sermnar for 150 
teachers and church leaders crowded onto hard benches for the 
hot, muggy August sessions. We wished we could help them 

They all stayed at the mission where they slept on floors 
(with one blanket) and were fed three good meals (rice and 
beans) a day for the five days of the sermnar. 


Thiee of us from the States taught through hiterpreters. 
One native, Pastor Thomas, spoke m his common Creole 
language. Services for the commimity were held the first four 
evenings. A track packed with Haitians standmg m the bed, 
brought at least sixty each evening. Possibly 200 more walked. 
Special groups sang for each service. One choir of thirty 
women dressed in white with Mennonite coverings supphed by 
the mission, sang two evenings. Most of the women were 
covered iii some fashion. Two talented men's groups blessed us 
in song. We heard that three responded to the evening 

Lester Weiler and Anthony Zeiset, both from Pennsylvania, 
had topics for the seminar. Anthony with his family had served 
m the mission and knows the language fanly well. Kathy Frey, 
Ontario, and Bethany Burkholder, PA, capably serve in the 
Mission's chnic. Kathy signed the sessions for three deaf 
teachers (?) at the seminar. The mission operates a "deaf 
school" nearby where Curtis and Sharon Martin serve with their 
farmly. Kathy plans to devote her talents by moving to the deaf 
school. We appreciated her gentle communication and the 
respect shown her at a local market. 

Martha Stalter, Naomi WiUiams, and Sarah Cover traveled 
to Haiti with us. They helped at the Christian Witness Mission 
three hours away and attended the seminar one day. 

M.G.M. also promotes "self help" projects by buying 
beautiful handmade items, especially intricate crocheted doUies 
for resale m America. 

We should be thankfiil for our country of freedom, 
prosperity, smooth highways, clean water, order, healthcare 
facihties. Christian education and simple work ethics. Haiti has 
freedom of rehgion but not prosperity or good government. 
God holds us responsible for the gifts He gives us. Jesus tells 
us to lay up treasme in heaven— not on earth. "For where your 
treasure is, there wiU your heart be also." ~L.C. & M.C. 



"Thy Kingdom Come" 

Let Thy kingdom, blessed Savior 

Come and bid our jarrings cease; 

Come, oh come and reign forever, 

God of love and Prince of peace. 
Once more we unite our voices in song as we lift up this 
plea to God. We have sung this song often of late, and I think 
it is fitting. It is what we all truly desire—that His kingdom 
would come. And when His kingdom comes, of course our 
jarrings wiU cease. 

This phrase is the first petition to God in our Lord's prayer. 
We have acknowledged who He is~our Father in heaven—and 
we have worshipped Him. This order is by design. We now 
have access to the throne and can lay out our petitions. We can 
see what was on our Lord's mind first and foremost. Our daUy 
needs are mentioned later, but Christ saw this as most 

I think this phrase could be taken two different ways. It is 
the ultimate desire of every Christian to see the clouds be rolled 
back and the King return to earth to set up a kingdom with all 
His chosen, but I also see, as in the song quoted above, that 
behevers desire God's kingdom among them now. The second 
verse of that hymn starts: 

Come, good Lord, with courage arm us; 

Persecution rages here; 

Nothing, Lord, we know can harm us 

While our Shepherd is so near. 
We hear a lot about the kmgdom Many Scriptiires talk of 
God's kingdom. Hebrews 1:8 calls it a righteous kingdom. 
"But unto the Son he saith. Thy throne, O God, is for ever and 
ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom." 


Hebrews 11:13-16 contrasts strangers and pilgrims with a 
country "that is an heavenly," and God calls His kingdom "a 
City" in verse 16. In St. John 18:36, "Jesus answered, My 
kingdom is not of this world; If my kingdom were of this world, 
then would my servants fight, that I should not be dehvered to 
the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence. " 

This kingdom is also one of truth and love. It wiU expose 
deception and expel hate. It will transform the hves of those 
who join its ranks. It will permeate every aspect of Ufe and 
death. It is an eternal kingdom It gives hope beyond the 

Spiritually there are only two kingdoms m this world: the 
kingdom of hght and the kmgdom of darkness. Ever since there 
were two kingdoms, there has been war. Brethren and sisters, 
when we pray, "Thy kingdom come," it sets off alarms in the 
kingdom of darkness. When we, as mortal creatures, boldly 
appeal for our Father in heaven to come, it makes Satan 

The war is real. The war is on. Satan, as ruler of the 
Idngdom of darkness, is coming at us from all directions. Do 
not be discouraged; fight on! As we humbly ask the King to 
intervene, we can have peace and cakn. The more earnestly and 
sincerely we desire His kingdom to come, individuaUy and 
collectively, the more we will see the mighty power of the 
everlasting kingdom. We take joy ia the battle when the King 
reigns m our hves on a daily basis. At the same time, we 
anticipate the return of the ICing in His splendor to set up His 
kingdom here on earth. "Even so come, Lord Jesus." 
(Reprinted from August, 2005.) 

Peter Cover 
Tuolumne, CaMfomia 

A love for God's Word is an acquired taste. As parents, we 
have the opportunity to whet our children's appetites. —Selected 


The following article is the result of a study by Brother 
Earl Barton some years ago. He gave it to me, not to publish, 
but for my own interest as a cousin. It is worth reading, and I 
regret that I did not publish it while he was living. —L. C. 


I. Old Testament. 
In the Old Testament approximately thirty- six "put on's" are 

used. Twenty-nine refer to external wearing apparel: (robe 2; 

raiment 2: garments 11; hnen garments 1; hnen coat 1; 

mourning apparel 1; armour 2; sackcloth 2; royal apparel 1; 

linen girdle 2; shoes 1; ornaments 2; hnen breeches 1.) Incense 

used in temple worship is used once. To put on the physical 

character of strength is used twice. To put on the moral 

character of righteousness is used twice. 

The foUowing Scriptures are a sample of Old Testament 

verses where the expression "put on" is used. 

Gen. And she (Tamar) arose, and went away, and laid her vail 
from her eaidput on the garments of her widowhood. 

Ex. And that son that is a priest in his stead shall ^«^ them 
on seven days, when he cometh into the tabernacle of 
the congregation to minister in the holy place. 

Ex. And when the people heard these evil tidings, they 
mourned: and no man did put on his ornaments. 

Lev. And the priest shaU put on his hnen gamient, and his 
linen breeches shaU he put upon his flesh, and take up 
the ashes which the fire hath consumed with the burnt 
offering on the altar, and he shall put them beside the 

Lev. And he that is the high priest among his brethren, upon 
whose head the anointing oil was poured, and that is 
consecrated to put on the garments, shaU not uncover 

his head, nor rend his clothes; 


Num. And Moses said unto Aaron, Take the censer, and put 

fire therein irom ofiFthe altar, and put on incense, and 

go quickly unto the congregation; and make atonement 

for them: for there is wrath gone out firom the Lord; the 

plague is begun. 
Deut. The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a 

man, neither shall a man put on a woman's garment: for 

all that do so are an abomination unto the Lord thy God. 
n Sam. Ye daughters of Israel, weep over Saul, who clothed 

you in scarlet, with other deUghts, who put on 

ornaments of gold upon your apparel. 
I Ki. And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, I will 

disguise myself, and enter into battle; \iM\.put thou on 

thy robes. 
Esth. When Mordecai perceived all that was done, Mordecai 

rent his clothes, and put on sackcloth with ashes, and 

went out into the midst of the city, and cried with a loud 

and bitter cry. 
Esth. Now it came to pass on the third day, that Esther put on 

her royal apparel, and stood in the inner court of the 

king's house. . . 
Isa. Awake, awake; /?«? on strength, O Zxon; put on thy 

beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city; for 

henceforth there shall no more come unto thee the 

uncircumcised and the unclean. 
Jer. Thus saith the Lord unto me, Go and get thee a linen 

ghdle, and put it upon thy loins, and put it not in water. 

So I got a ghdle according to the word of the Lord, and 

put it on my loins. 
Jer. Harness the horses; and get up, ye horsemen and stand 

forth with your helmets; flzrbish the spears, and put on 

the brigantines. 
Ezek. And when they go forth into the outer court, even unto 


the outer court, to the people, they shah put oif theh 
garments wherein they nunistered, and lay them in the 
holy chambers, and they shallput on other garments; 
and they shall not sanctify the people with their 
Ezek. When the priests enter therein, then shaU they not go out 
of the holy place into the outer court, but shall lay then- 
garments wherein they minister; for they are holy; and 
shall pw^ on other garments, and shaU approach to those 
things which are for the people. 
Jonah So the people of Nineveh beheved God, and proclaimed 
a fast, scaAput on sackcloth, from the greatest of them 
to the least of them, 
n Sam. And Joab's garment that he put on was girded unto him. 
This collection of Old Testament Scripture wherein the 
phrase "put on" is used, shows a stated meaning and reference 
to outer wearing apparel. Take note of a new and entirely 
different meaning of what "put on" refers to m the New 
Testament. The change can be better understood by Hebrews 

"If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, 
(for under it the people received the law,) what further need 
was there that another priest should rise after the order of 
Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron? For 
the priesthood being changed, there is rtiade of necessity a 
change also of the law. " 

n. The New Testament Put On's. 
Matt. 6:25: Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your 
life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shaU drink; nor yet for 
the body, what ye shaUpw^ on. Is not your hfe more 
than meat, and the body more than raiment? 
Luke 15:22: But the father said to his sei-vants. Bring forth the 
best robe, and put it on him, and a ring upon his hand, 
and shoes upon his feet. 


Mark 6:9: And commanded them that they should take nothing 
for their journey, save a staff only; no script, no bread, 
no money in their purse: but be shod with sandals; and 
J not put on two coats. 

In these verses Christ is teaching and doing what He loves 

1 to do, namely, to supply ah our needs. He wiU clothe us. He 

here is endeavoring to ftee us from personal anxious thoughts. 

He takes pleasure in showing us His love, mercy, and goodness 

to those whose hope is stayed in Him. 

These Scripture verses point out that we must have faith in 
our Lord and depend on Him for aU the great things that we 
believe He will do for us in the future world to come, but it is 
here that we must first learn to trust in His wiU concerning us. 
The business of the devil's servants is to make provisions for the 
flesh and to fiiMl the lusts thereof 

The prodigal son arose and came to his father and when he 
was a great way off, his father saw hem. He came in filthy rags 
but the father not only clothed bim in the best robe but adorned 
bim also. Blessed be the name of God the Father and His Son 
the Lord Jesus Christ, (to be continued.) 

Mayor William Jones 
Listowel Town Council 
Pohce Chief R R Martin 
Listowel Kinsmen Club 
Dear Sh: 

Recently I went to our local veterinary chnic for some 
chloramphenicol to treat my sick calves. I was informed this 
drug is no longer available and wiU soon be taken right off the 
market. The reason for this is because two people have died as 
a result of traces of this drug found m meat. I was given a safer 
medicine to use in its place. 


I drove home Irom the vet feeUng grateful, yet confused. 
Grateful that people still care that much about human Ufe, that 
when someone dies from careless use of a drug, action is taken 
to make sure it doesn't happen again. In this case, 
chloramphenicol will no longer be available. Life is sacred. We 
do all we can to save a life. 

I was grateflil. . . yet confiised. Conflised because in some 
areas we are so careful to preserve hfe; while in other areas we 
are so imconcemed about the cause of death. Confiised 
because alcohol, a well-known poison, is so widely accepted, so 
readily available, is the cause of so many deaths—yet is stiU 

On April 20, two people were killed in an alcohol related 
accident. Three others were hospitalized and have not yet fully 
recovered. I am a local pastor. One of the deceased and two of 
the injured were members of my congregation. 

The family phoned me at midnight to inform me of the 
tragedy. I spent the rest of the night at the hospital trying to 
bring comfort and help to the broken hearted. During the next 
few days I witnessed first hand, the grief, shock, sorrow, and 
pain of the five famOies ittvolved. 

Two lives were lost because of traces of chloramphenicol 
found in slaughtered animals. Action was taken. It will no 
longer be available. I was disappointed because it was an 
excellent medicuie and had helped many of my sick animals. 
But I understand, and I approve. The cost is too great. 

Two hves were lost on April 20 because of alcohol. Action 
win be taken. . . Alcohol is a poison and AviU no longer be 
available. . . Maybe some people will be disappointed, but I'm 
sure they will understand. The cost is just too great! 

I drove home from the veterinary cUnic, grateful. . . but 
confused. —John Drudge 

P.S. I have been reading with horror, about the proposed 
beer garden in Listowel for the ball tournament. Perhaps those 



in favor of the beer garden have never lost an innocent loved 
one because of alcohol—or perhaps have never sat beside those 
who have. 

I have one last question: Will transportation be provided 
for those participating in the beer garden, so that they wiU not 
endanger the hves of others? 

I win be nervous all evening on June 21 and 22. Will I get 
another phone call at midnight? 


Marriages from last issue: Marcus Royer and Diana Stalter 

Eric Skiles Wakarusa, Indiana July 26 
Rosanna Stalter Wakarusa, Indiana August 9 
Nathan Tate Wakarusa, Indiana August 9 
We wish God's blessings on these dear young people who 
have chosen to foUow the Savior. 

MARTIN - A son, Jadon WiU, bom August 7 to Neil and Lois 
Martin of New Paris, Indiana. 

HUFFMAN - A son, Ezra Leroy, bom August 24 to PhiHp and 
Rhoda Huflfinan of New Lebanon, Ohio. 
FRICK - A son, Landon Daniel, bom August 27 to Marian and 
Regina Frick of New Lebanon, Ohio. 

He sat by a flimace of seven-fold heat, 

As He watched by the precious ore, 
And closer he bent with a searching gaze. 

As he heated it more and more. 


He knew He had ore that could stand the test 

And He wanted the finest gold 
To mold as a crown for the King to wear. 

Set with gems of price untold. 

So He laid our gold in the burning fire, 
Though we fain would say Him, "Nay;" 

And watched the dross that we had not seen. 
As it melted and passed away. 

And the gold grew brighter and yet more bright. 

But our eyes were dkn with tears; 
We saw but the fire, not the Master's hand 

And questioned with anxious fears. 

Yet our gold shone out Avith a richer glow. 

As it mirrored a Form above. 
That bent o'er the fire, though imseen by us, 

With a look of ineffable love. 

Can we think it pleases His loving heart 

To cause us a moment's pain? 
Ah, no! but He sees through the present cross, 

The bhss of eternal gain. 

So He waited there with a watchlul eye. 

With a love that is strong and sure. 
And His gold did not suffer a bit more heat 

Than was needed to make it pure. 

Selected. Author unknown to us. 

The Gift of Listening: But you must really hsten. No 
interrupting, no daydreaming, no planning your response. Just 
hsten. —Selected 



Is hospitality an oppoitunity to serve, or an opportunity to 
show off? Do I love the feeUng of fellowship because I seek to 
bless others, or because I long to be fiUed myself? Do I secretly 
hope for the honor of compliments and praise, or do I instead 
honor our guests with encouraging words? In short, do I really 
like to serve or am I really selfish? 

WUham lohnson 
Nappanee, Indiana 


Our Commitment For This Year 
Ten Basic Classroom Rules 

1. We Will Love To Learn 

Pro. 4:5: Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; 
neither decline from the words of my mouth. 

Pro. 4:6: Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love 
her, and she shall keep thee. 

Pro. 4:7: Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get 
wisdom: and with all thy getting get understandmg. 

2. We Will Do Our Best With All Our Mig ht. 

Ec. 9:10: Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy 
might; for there is no work, nor device, no knowledge, nor 
wisdom, m the grave, whither thou goest. 

3. We Will Distance Ourselves From Evil. 

I Th. 5:22: Abstain from all appearance of evil. 

Php. 2:12: Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, 
whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, 
whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely. 

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whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and 
if there be any praise, think on these things. 

4. We will Obey Our Authorities. 

Heb. 13:17: Obey them that have the rule over you, and 
submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that 
must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with 
grief: for that is improfitable for you. 

Php. 2:12: Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always 
obeyed, not as m my presence only, but now much more in my 
absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. 

5. We Will Be Honest And Trustworthy. 

Eph. 4:25: Wherefore puttmg away lymg, speak every man 
truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another. 

Pro. 25:19: Confidence m an unfaithful man m time of 
trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint. 

6. We Will Use Only Good Speech. 

Eph. 4:29: Let no corrupt communication proceed out of 
your mouth, but that which is good to the use of ediJfying, that it 
may minister grace unto the hearers. 

7. We Will Use Kindness Toward AU. 

Eph. 4:31: Let aU bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and 
clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, Avith all 

Php. 2:2: Fulfill ye my joy, that ye be hke-minded, having 
the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. 

Php. 2:3: Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; 
but in lowhness of mind let each esteem other better than 

Lu. 6:31: And as ye would that men should do to you, do 
ye also to them likeAvise. 

8. We Will Be Good Stewards. 

I Cor. 4:2: Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man 
be found faithfiil. 


9. We Will Be Decent and Orderly. 

I Cor. 14:40: Let all things be done decently and in order. 

10. We Will Hon or The Word of God. 

n Tim. 3:15: And that from a child thou hast known the 
holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation 
through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 

II Tkn 3:16: All scripture is given by mspiration of God, 
and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof for correction, for 
instruction in righteousness. 

Luke Bennetch 


"Me Want Drink" 

"School is done, School is done. 

Toss up caps and have a run." 
sang Dermis and Carol as they shd their lunch pails across the 
counter with a clatter. 

"Good," smiled Mother. "You should change your clothes 
now. Carol, hurry, because Angela has wanted to play outside 
all afternoon since her nap. I couldn't let her go outside 
because the fence isn't quite iinished yet. I'U let her go outside 
now, so hurry." 

"All right. Mother." Carol gave her httle sister's dark curls a 
loving pat as she started up the steps. 

"Where is that httle mischief?" thought Carol as she skipped 
outside after changing her dress. "She's probably hiding just to 
tease me. 

"Where shaU I look first?" Carol wondered as she glanced 
down the long lane leading to the dirt road that went past the 
big pond on the neighbor's property. 

Then she gasped. "Mother! Angela's at the pond!" 


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As Carol flew down the lane she saw that Rover, their buff 

and white colhe, was standmg between Angela and the water. 
"Thank You, Father," Carol breathed silently as she picked - 

up her two-year-old sister and started for the house. 
Angela was crying. "Bad doggie. Me want drink." 
Mother came to meet them. = 

"Rover had knocked her down, and when she tried to get .. 

up, he kept knocking her down," explamed Carol. "But I don't = 

know how she got down there so fast." 

"Well, we know God protected her," said Mother. "And He ' 

used Rover. We surely must thank Him for His goodness. " I 

By Ruth Hope Landis 
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VOL. 56 OCTOBER, 2009 No. 10 

"And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the 
Saviour of the world." (I John 4:14) 


Hark! the voice of Jesus calling, "Follow Me, follow Me!" 
Softly througli the silence falling, "Follow, foUow Me! " 

As of old He called the fishers. 

When He walked by Galilee, 
Still His patient voice is pleadmg, "Follow, follow Me!" 

Who will heed the holy mandate, "Follow Me, foUow Me!" 
Leaving aU things at His bidding, "Follow, follow Me!" 

Hark! that tender voice entreating, 

Mariners on hfe's rough sea. 
Gently, lovingly repeating, "Follow, follow Me!" 

Hearken, lest He plead no longer, "Follow Me, follow Me!" 
Once agam, oh, hear Him calhng, "Follow, follow Me!" 

Turning swift at Thy sweet surmnons, 

Evermore, O Christ, would we, 
For Thy love all else forsaking. Follow, follow Thee! 

M. B. Sleight 

Spiritual Songs and Hymns 

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Walking along looking for dead trees (potential firewood) 
on my property, I noticed a rock that was nearly clear like 
quartz. I had to examine it closely. Maybe I would see a little 
gold imbedded in the rock. Why would I be drawn to this? 
Because gold is precious. 

But gold is not the only precious thing. I Peter 2:4,6: "To 
whom coming, as unto a hving stone, disallowed indeed of men, 
but chosen of God, and precious. . . Behold I lay in Sion a chief 
comer stone, elect, precious: and he that beheveth on him shall 
not be confounded." What a bessed Savior! What a precious 

Friends and possessions are precious because of what they 
can do or buy--or just because we love them. Jesus is most 
precious for what He can do and has done for us. His blood is 
valuable because it was given ia atonement for our sins. 

Our heritage should be precious to us. Without boastmg, 
may we appreciate the teaching our parents and leaders gave us 
in their understanding of the Scriptures. 

For one example, I think of the modesty of our sisters' 
clothing. There is no comparison of its value beside the 
fashions of the world. I see some women, even professed 
Christians, and know that my daughters and other sisters in the 
church would never dress like they do. I cannot even pictme 
them like that with bare shoulders, low neckhnes, and form- 
fitting pants. Many girls (perhaps) do it innocently, not 
reahzing the temptation they put before men of all ages. 

And so I say, this modesty should be precious to us. May 
we not lose it or compromise clothing that covers by making it 
flashy and attention-gettmg with gaudy patterns or colors. 


Another precious piinciple we have been given is non- 
resistance. The positive of this "non" is peace and love. Our 
faithilil leaders of the past preached and tried to hve the hfe of 
peace. Jesus taught non-resistance and peace m His Sermon on 
the Mount. "Love your enemies; bless them that curse you" 
Turn the other cheek. Paul echoed this m Romans 12:14: 
"Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. " 12: 17: 
"Recompense to no man evil for evil." 

How does this translate mto our daily hves? People don't 
smite us on the face. But someone might criticize us. Others 
might expect us to sjjeak against someone. Gossip, for sure, is 
a cuiTent issue for non-resistance. We don't go to war for the 
country, but one oflacial. General Hershey, caUed plain people 
"pretty good scrappers," referring to quarrels and divisions 
among our own number. 

Another precious teaching is absolute honesty: truth on tax 
forms, fairness in busmess, and speaking the truth in love. We 
are not requued to tell every detail of our hves, but what we say 
should be right and unquestionable. It is easy to exaggerate. 
Hospital workers are not to disclose any treatment or sickness 
of a patient nor even to ask why they are there, thus respectmg 
then- privacy. Some might enjoy taUdng about then: accidents or 
iUness; others don't. 

Jesus had compassion on the multitudes, but He also 
warned the hypocrites. We want to be hke Hun, but we don't 
know hearts like He does. However, we can give out His 
precious Word and tell what He has done for us. 

Life is precious; so is death for God's children. Psahn 
116:15: "Precious m the sight of the Lord is the death of his 
saiats." Death will be destroyed, but the precious part is what is 
beyond. Unless Jesus comes fiist, death and the resurrection 
usher us into eternal hfe. 

Death to sui is also precious. It is valuable because Jesus 
commanded it. "And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and 


come after me, camiot be my disciple." Treasme that cross. 
Some have a heavy cross. It might be a physical handicap or 
bliudness or difficult care for the elderly. But we all have the 
same cross ou which we are ciiicrfied to the world and the 
world cmcified to us. 

What things are precious to you? How many can you 
name? My hst would mclude precious children and 
grandchildren; also, God's grace and mercy to one who does 
not deserve it. Lord, please help us to see ourselves dependent 
on your precious love. ~L. C . 


It is frustrating to make a mechanical repair and fitid it does 
not hold because the steel used m the repau' did not have the 
proper temper. The temper can be too hard and break due to 
lack of flexibihty, or the temper can be soft and not support 
stress placed upon it. Tempering is done through a heating and 
cooling process. I would like to compare this to some of life's 

Have you ever felt you have been thiough the fire of trials 
and temptations? Have you felt the cold reahties of Ufe? If you 
have, perhaps the Lord is preparing you for His work. When 
challenges face us, either in the church or in the family, are we 
strong enough and are we phable enough to take the stress of 
dealing with the situation? Maybe the Lord is preparing us for 
what hes ahead. 

Just as properly tempered steel can take the stresses placed 
upon it, so should we maintain a mindset that can deal with 
difficult situations. Many who are reading this have 
experienced and are experiencing heart rending decisions which 
threaten personal and spiritual relationships. If we tmst in 
God's word with prayer, this intmsion of the adversaiy can be 
overcome. Even when it seems there are unfair occuixences, 
we must allow the tempeiing effects of the Holy Spuit to 


strengthen us. God will not allow us to be tempted more than 
we can handle. Sometunes what seems at the moment to be 
disastrous, may with patience and forbearance serve to further 
the cause of the Lord. 

When we stand up for the right and accept what the Lord 
allows us to bear, He will give us the strength to overcome. 
Along with this victory there will be a lastmg joy of bemg m 
God's will. (I Peter 1:7,8) Remember that Jesus was tried and 
tempted. We can also be expected to be tried and tempted as 
well as being tried and tempered. 

Joseph E. Wagner, Modesto, CaUfomia 


Thy WiU Be Done 
"Thy will be done m earth as it is m heaven." I have often 
found myself thhiMng as I pray our Lord's prayer: "That isn't 
possible that our Father's will would be done here like it is in 
heaven." In a way, that's right, but we have this part of our 
Lord's prayer for a reason. 

Viewing this world and world events, we see Satan 
wreaking havoc m the mmds and hearts of many people. We 
see people losmg thek hves through natural and "man made" 
disasters. Wickedness is showmg itself more and more. Is this 
the will of God? No, He is not wdUmg that any should perish. 

We need to have a broader view yet. In Ught of eternity, 
our perspective changes. We have just prayed, "Thy kingdom 
come," and we know it will. As we pray, "Thy will be done," 
we can know assuredly that it will be. God wins m the end. 

Jesus Christ is our example, and we see Him exposmg evil 
m hypocrites and expelhng evil from the humble. We don't see 
Hun commg to earth so much to conquer Satan as to save His 
people from Satan. Our Father's wih is the same. He could 
come to earth and wipe it completely clean of all wickedness as 
it is m heaven. Some day He will, but we have a merciftil God. 


God is vexed with wickedness and death that are here 
because of Satan. He doesn't hke to see what's happening here 
on earth, the pumacle of His creation. He has chosen— which 
then becomes His will— to aUow His creation to suffer and groan 
under the weight of a cruel taskmaster that He might be 
glorified in the end. 

So where does our part come m? We must also choose the 
same thing our Father has chosen. It must become our will. 
We cannot eradicate evil from this world. We are not given the 
power for that task. The broader view of eternity must be 
brought into the perspective of our own personal hves. Is my 
Father's wih being done in me? Am I making choices that 
would also be choices my Father would make? Our choices and 
our will go hand in hand. The choices we make only reflect 
whose will we are following. What is God's wih for my life? 
How can He be glorified most through me? These are aU 
personal questions and must be answered in a personal way. 
May we aU individually choose the wih of our Father, and thus 
we wih be one m purpose coUectively. 

St. John 17 is fiiU of God's diviae wih for our hves. In verse 
9, Jesus prayed for us, not for the world, and in verse 15 He 
prayed ". . . not that thou shouldest take them out of the world 
but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil." That is God's 
wdU. Therefore as we are faced with evil, we can also know 
that we wih be given strength to conquer. 

In John 17:24 Jesus' will is laid out so beautifirhy to the 
Father. "Father, I wUl that they also whom thou hast given me 
be with me where I am. . ." This was said by the perfect Lamb 
of God less than a day before He gave His life for the same ones 
He is praying for. With love hke that we cannot go wrong hi 
yielding our wih to God's wih and in doing so. His wih is done 
on earth. 

(Repiinted fiom September, 2005) 
Peter Cover, Tuolumne, Cahfoniia 



Without a tenderness of spirit the most intensely righteous, 
reUgious hfe is like the unage of God without His beauty and 
attractiveness. It is possible to be very religious, and staunch, 
and persevering in all Christian duties, even to be a brave 
defender and preacher of holiness, and blameless in outward 
life, and yet to be greatly lacking in tenderness of spuit, that all- 
subduing, all-melting love, which streamed out from the eyes 
and voice of the Blessed Jesus. 

Many Christians seem loaded with good fruits, but the 
fruit tastes green; it lacks flavor and October mellowness. 
There is a touch of vmegar m then sanctity. Then- very purity 
has an icy coldness to it. Thek testknonies are straight and 
definite, but they lack the melting quality. Then prayers are 
mteUigent and strong and pomted, but they lack the heart- 
piercmg pathos of the dying Jesus. They preach eloquently and 
explam with utmost nicety what is sm and what is pardon and 
purity, but they lack the burning flame, that mterior furnace of 
throbbing love, that sighs and weeps and breaks down under the 
shimmeiiag heat of all-consummg love. 

Divine tenderness of spirit has a behavior to it which is 
superhuman and heavenly. It instmctively avoids woimdmg the 
feehngs of others by talking on xmpleasant things, wranghng m 
an argumentative way, by referring to pamflil and mortiiymg 
subjects. It canies its point by ceasmg to contend and Avms its 
opponent by seemdng to let him have his way. It cannot scold, 
or scowl, or threaten; it has lost the power of quarreling. 
Tenderness of spirit makes its home ui the bosom of Jesus, and 
from that Holy Castle, looks out upon aU other creatures, good 
and bad, through the hopefixl, pleadmg medium of the Heart 
that was pierced on the cross. It feels all things from God's 
standpomt, and hves but to receive and transmit the spotless 
sympathies and affections of Jesus. It imderstauds the words of 


the Holy Gliost, "Be ye tender-hearted, forgiving one another." 
Tenderness must be in the veiy nature, and forgiveness is but 
the behavior of that nature. -G. D. Watson, 

author of the CLP tract Others May-You Cannot 


(Continued from last issue.) 

How to Dress Oiuselves 

So That Our Put On WiU Not Be A "Put On. " 

Rom. 13:12: The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us 

therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the 

armour of hght. 

Rom 13:14: But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make 
not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lust thereof 
I Cor. 15:1: For this corruptible must put on incorraption, and 
this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible 
shall have/7H^ on incorruption, and this mortal shall hsvQput on 
hnmortahty, then shall be brought to pass the saymg that is 
written. Death is swallowed up in victory. 
Gal. 3:27: For as many of you as have been baptized into 
Christ have /7H^ OH Christ. 

Col. 3: 10: And havept/f on the new man, which is renewed in 
knowledge after the unage of him that created bim , 
Eph. 4:24: And that jq put on the new man, which after God 
is created in righteousness and true hohness. 
Col. 3:12: Put on therefore as the elect of God, holy and 
beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, 
meekness, long sufifeiing; Forbeaiing one another, and forgivmg 
one another, if any man have a quaixel against any: even as 
Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above aU these things 
put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. And let the 
peace of God rale m your hearts, to which ye are called in one 
body; and be ye thankfiil. 


Eph. 6:12: Put on the whole aiinoui" of God, that ye may be 
able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 

When we have been cleansed, what are we to put on? 

By baptism, we have in profession put on Chiist, put Him 
on as Lord to rule over us, as Jesus to save us, and both in 
Christ, appointed by the Father to the ruUng, saving work. We 
are to put on the Lord Jesus Christ, that is to dress our souls 
not in the lusts of the flesh, but by covering ourselves inwardly 
and outwardly with the Holy Spirit of Christ. So m that great 
day of His coming, this corruptible body will be made (by Him) 
incorruptible, and this mortal wiU be made immortal. If we 
have put on the Lord Jesus Christ, by being baptized in Him, 
we have put on Christ and are the children of God by faith in 
His Son. 

We are to strip ourselves of our former nature, putting off 
and discarding aU of our own, old, unrenewed seh^ that which 
was characterized by our previous nature and manner of Ufe, 
being corrupt through lust and desire that come from delusion. 
But now Putting on the new nature in Christ (the regenerated 
self) created in God's image, God-like in true righteousness and 
holiness. We must put away and be rid completely of 
bitterness, anger, rage, bad feelings towards others, foul- 
mouthed abuse, and shameful deeds, casting olf the old and 
unregenerated self with its evU practices. We are now putting 
on and clothing the new spiritual self which is ever in the 
process of being renewed and remolded (a continual process) 
into fuUer and a more perfect knowledge, after the image and 
Ukeness of Him whom we have espoused. 

Our clothing is not to be of the world but of the world to 
come, as His chosen ones; His representatives, purified and 
holy, weU-beloved of God Himself, by the putting on of 
behavior marked by tenderheartedness, pity and mercy, kind 
feehngs towards all, patience with gentle ways, being long- 
suffering and tireless, stouthearted. These are but a few of the 


things that we should put on and wear daily. When we got up 
to dress this morning, what did weput onl 

When Christ Was Put On The Cross. 
Mat.27:28: And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet 

Mat. 27:29: And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they 
put it on His head, and a reed in his right hand: and they 
bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, sayhig, HaU, Kurg 
of the Jews! 

Mark 15:36: And one ran and filled a sponge full of vinegar, 
and/J«? it on a reed, and gave him to drink, saying. Let alone; 
let us see whether Ehas will come to take him down. And Jesus 
cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost. 
John 19:19: And PUate wrote a title, an& put it on the cross, 
and the writing was, Jesus of Nazareth the King of the Jews. 

They stripped off the clothes of our Lord and put on a 
scarlet robe upon Him. And weaving a crown of thorns they 
put it on His head, and they put a reed-staff in His right hand. 
KneeUng before Him they made fun of our Saviour, saying, HaM 
King of the Jews. And they spat upon Him, and took the reed- 
staff and struck Him on the head. And when they finished 
making sport of Him, they again stripped Him of the robe and 
put on His own gamients, and led Him away and put Him on a 
cross to crucify Him. From the sixth hour to the ninth hour our 
King surveyed His Kingdom and cried for God's help. And one 
man ran, and filling a sponge with a mixture of sour wine and 
water and put it on a reed to give Him to drink. And Jesus 
uttered a loud cry and breathed out His life. And Pilate had a 
sign made and put it on the cross, and on the sign was printed, 
"Jesus the Nazarene, the King of the Jews." These are some of 
the things that our Lord and Saviour pw^ on for us. 

The near-sighted soldiers that ciircified our Christ were 
blind in their thinking that the main value of the Lord was in His 
gamients, for which they cast lots for then possession. 


How sad that they had no concept of and completely missed 
finding the riches that are m Jesus Chiist our Lord. Of course 
the natural, nonspiritual man does not accept or welcome or 
admit into his heart the gifts and teachings and revelations of 
the Spirit of God, for they are folly and meaningless nonsense to 
him; and he is incapable of knowing or understanding, of 
growmg to recognize them, or becoming better acquainted with 
aU these riches because they are spiritually discerned. For who 
among us knows, rmderstauds, or perceives what goes on iii 
another man's mind and reason except the mind of the man's 
own spirit. In hke manner no one knows or can comprehend or 
is able to discern the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 
At our baptizing and being regenerated a new man by His 
caUuig, He has made it available to replace our worldly mmds 
and spirits with the Holy Spirit of God, given to us only by God 
HimseU^ that we may be able to realize and comprehend, to 
appreciate and glory in the glorious and divuie gifts that He so 
freely and lavishly bestows upon His children. These are truths 
set forth not by worldly wisdom of man's mind, but they are 
taught by the Holy Spirit in Sacred Scripture, teaching and 
combmmg Spuitual truths iii Spiritual language to those to 
whom God has given His Holy Spirit. 

Therefore we can put on Chiist; we can put on the new 
man; we can put on Spiritual armour, not by ourselves but 
having faith in Him that He can do it. For being made in His 
image we are now made with the abUity to know Him For He 
has saved us and called us with an holy calling, not according to 
our works, but according to His own purpose and grace, which 
was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began. 


—Earl Barton 


A diamond in the rough 
Is a diamond sure enough; 
Before it's ever polished 
It is made of diamond stuff. 

But then someone must find it 
Or it never wiU be foxmd, 
And, too, someone must grind it 
Or it never will be groimd. 

But when it's found and when it's ground 
And when it's burnished bright, 
That diamond is everlastingly 
A-flashing out its light. 

Oh, teacher of the day school. 
Don't say you've done enough. 
That worst boy in your class 
May be a diamond in the rough. 

Perhaps you think he's grinding you, 
And possibly you're right; 
But it may be you need grinding 
To burnish you up bright. 


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Bible events and places they happened. 

Match these places with the description of where they 
happened: Damascus, Caesar ea, Sychar in Samaria, 
Bethsaida, Jordan, Crete, Philippi, Galilee, Lystra, Jerusalem, 
Patmos, Nazareth, Smyrna, Ephesus, Joppa. 

1. Where Jesus spent His youth. 

2. Where Paul was stoned and drawn out of the city "supposing 
he had been dead." 

3. The home of Phihp, Andrew, and Peter. 

4. Where Jesus spoke to the woman at Jacob's well. 

5. Where the disciples were when the Holy Ghost came on the 
day of Pentecost. 

6. Where Paul was let down in a basket. 

7. Where Dorcas died and was raised to life through Peter. 

8. The home of Comehus, the first Gentile convert. 

9. Where the false worship of Diana centered. 

10. Where John received The Revelation. 

11. Where Paul and Silas sang praises to God with their feet in 
the stocks m prison. 

12. The church of Asia that Jesus found no fauh with but told, 
"Be thou faithflil unto death and I wUl give thee a crown of 

13. Where Paul left Titus to set in order the things that were 

14. The sea where Jesus walked on the water. 

15. River where Jesus was baptized. 


A Cup of Cold Water 

Doing sometMng for Jesus. The preacher had talked about 
it at church that morning, and now Dad was talking about it 
after reading a missionary story. Cathy wished she could do 
something, but what could an eight-year-old do? 

"I wish you were a missionary, Dad," said ten-year-old 
Richard. "It would be fim! " 

"Fun?" questioned Dad. "What part? Getting robbed? 
Wadmg through deep mud?" He was smiling as he said this. 

"No." Richard looked a httle uncertain now. "Helping 
people, I guess." 

"Me too!" said Cathy. 

"Well," asked Dad, "do you think you need to go to another 
country to do something? Jesus blesses even giving a cup of 
cold water." 

"No one here is that thirsty," Cathy said. "And they can get 
their own!" 

"Don't be so sure of that," answered Dad. "Look for 
opportunities to do things for others, and I am sure you will 
iind them. That's how you can do something for Jesus." 

Later that eveniug Cathy was curled up on the couch 
reading when Httle Timothy nearly dumped her water off the 
end-table beside her. 

"Timothy, no! " she exclaimed. "Go play Avith your toys! " 

Timothy didn't go. He just whimpered and reached for her 
water agam. 

"No, Timothy! You can't have any of my water! You'll put 
floaties in it. Yuck!" She put the water up where Timothy 
couldn't reach it. 

Timothy plopped down on the floor and roared. Cathy 
ignored him, and finally he toddled away. She heard him 

whimpeiiug iu the kitchen. Soou he was back, reaching vainly 
for her water and crying. 

"What's wrong, Tknothy?" Dad asked, commg into the 
hvmg room just then. 

"He's trying to drink my water," answered Cathy. "He'll 
make it yucky. " 

"Cathy," Dad said disapprovingly. "Then why don't you get 
him his own? I thought you wanted to do something for Jesus. 
Can Timothy get his own drink?" 

Cathy didn't answer, but she did get Timothy a drink. And 
when she saw how thirstily he drank, and how happy he then 
was, she was sorry she had not cared at first. Timothy certainly 
was worth getting a drink for. It wasn't less important just 
because he was her brother instead of a poor child in another 
country. Next time she would try to remember to give Timothy 
a drink for Jesus! 

Martha J. Wagner 
Gettysburg, Ohio 

Pi *D 








VOL. 56 NOVEMBER, 2009 No. 11 

"And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the 
Saviour of the world." (I John 4: 14) 


God of our fathers, whose ahnighty hand 
Leads forth in beauty all the starry band 
Of shining worlds in splendor through the skies, 
Our gratefiil songs before Thy throne arise. 

Thy love divine hath led us in the past. 

In this free land by Thee our lot is cast; 

Be Thou our Ruler, Guardian, Guide, and Stay, 

Thy Word our law. Thy paths our chosen way. 

From war's alarms, from deadly pestilence. 
Be Thy strong arm our ever sure defense; 
Thy true rehgion in our hearts increase; 
Thy boimteous goodness nourish us m peace. 

Refresh Thy people on their toilsome way; 
Lead us from night to never-ending day; 
FiU all our Uves with love and grace divine; 
And glory, laud, and praise be ever Thine. 

—Daniel C. Roberts 

THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the Old 
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Publishing editor: Leslie Cover 
Address: THE PILGEIM, 19201 Cherokee Road, Tuolumne, CA 95379 


It is wiong to complain. When we complain we are like 
cMdreu fUssing for no apparent reason. Father sometunes gives 
his crying child "something to cry about." This is about what 
happened when God's people Israel had been delivered 
miraculously from Egypt, and they began to complain. They 
were thed of the manna which the Psahnist Asaph said was 
"angels' food," the very best. They wept for the Egyptian 
vegetables. God gave them quails for a month "until it come 
out your nostrils, and it be loathsome unto you," and then they 
had something to complain about. 

The opposite of complainmg is giving thanks. Each year 
our country sets aside a day of Thanksgiving. It is one of the 
few Christian holidays. I fondly remember the family gatherings 
we had when I was a boy at home. My thanksgiving was 
probably shallow, but I did enjoy the occasion itself We were 
blest beyond our understanding at that tnne. Later, when we 
knew our Savior, we could give fervent thanks for dehverance 
from the power of sin and the new life He gives. 

One of the strangest and probably most sincere thanksgivmg 
came from an odd and unique place. Jonah was not too 
thankfiil when he was called to cry against Nmevah for their 
wickedness. This was a powerful enemy city, and Jonah fled m 
the other direction. But his attitude changed. The belly of a 
whale was not exactly a cruise ship. Inside the enormous fish, 
Jonah repented and called upon God. His last words m Jonah 
2: "But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; 
I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the Lord." 
Swimming in corruption with weeds wrapped about his head, 
Jonah gave thanks. Because his hfe was spared? Because he 
reahzed God was mercifiil? Because he knew he had 


disobeyed? He doesn't explain completely, but his testimony 
showed his change of heart. 

Jonah should have kept his thankfiil attitude. Is a thank&l 
heart that hard to keep? The test for us is similar to Jonah's. 
When he saw Nmevah repent, God show mercy, and his 
enemies spared, he was displeased and very angry. God 
reasoned with this selfish man. The accoxmt reveals God's 
mercy, but man's tendency to relapse into our old attitudes. 

How are we at this tune of thanksgiving? We shouldn't 
have enemies, but if we do, Jesus says to love them Jonah's 
reaction demonstrates the way we sometimes act. We are not 
too pleased when God blesses a competitor. Envy sneaks in 
almost undetected. We cannot be thankfiil and at the same time 
resent the success of others. 

Saul's son Jonathan is one good example of being glad at 
another's blessing. He had right to expect to be the next king of 
Israel. But David was chosen over Saul, and Jonathan knew it 
meant second place for him. His secret was that he loved 
David. It wasn't a love dependent on rosy times. His love 
weathered disappointment. It survived when Saul's temper 
would have eUminated his competition. Isn't that what love 
reaUy is? 

, Complaining when we should be thankfiil only demonstrates 
near-sightedness. Our life here is fleeting— a moment of Umited 
understanding— a second of weakness compared to eternity of 
bHss. We are like a child in school who would be glad if all 
were recesses and weekends. 

Let us be thankfid for all that God allows. He sees to the 
end and knows what we really need. And if it means suffering, 
let us remember that our Savior suffered much more than He 
asks of us. 

"Our troubles and our trials here 

Will only make us richer there, 

When we arrive at home." -L.C. 



He the pearly gates will open 
So that I may enter in. 
For He purchased my redemption 
And forgave me aU my sin. 

I Hsten to her sing along with the cassette m her player. Her 
voice is cracked and rough. She rocks back and forth slowly. 
Sunhght streams in the window. Her eyes are closed and she's 
itt her own httle world. 

Different famihes from our congregation have been taking 
care of this ninety-five year old lady m their homes. Lilhe 
arrived here several days ago and wUl be with us for a few 
weeks. She loves to hear old hymns sung. "That's beautiful. 
Smg some more." she murmurs as another song finishes playing. 

Moments hke this make the effort we put mto havmg her 
with us seem worth it. LiUie can no longer see, but thankfully 
she can hear. Story tapes or singing tapes help pass the tune for 

She's usually very gratefiil for everything we do for her. 
"Once a man, twice a chUd," I think as we help her get ready to 
go away or help her eat breakfast. 

Other times her mind is foggy, and she's tired of staying 
here. She asks us to help her find her shoes. "I want to go 
home," she declares. Nothing we say can change her mmd, and 
all we can do is let her talk it out. 

When will the Lord come for LiUie? She has no permanent 
home here. We sometimes forget that none of us do. WUl the 
Lord's return find us ready? 

Jesse Martin 
Wakarusa, Indiana 



"And they fortified Jerusalem unto the broad wall. " 
Nehemiah 3:8 

Cities well fortified have broad walls, and so had Jerusalem 
in her glory. The New Jerusalem must, in like manner, be 
surrovmded and preserved by a broad wall of nonconformity to 
the world, and separation from its customs and spirit. The 
tendency of these days is to break doAvn the holy barrier, and 
make the distinction between the church and the world merely 
nominal. Professors are no longer strict and Puritanical, 
questionable hterature is read on all hands, frivolous pastimes 
are currently indulged, and a general laxity threatens to deprive 
the Lord's pecuhar people of those sacred singularities which 
separate them from sinners. It wiU be an iU day for the church 
and the world when the proposed amalgamation shall be 
complete, and sons of God and the daughters of men shall be as 
one: then shall another deluge of wrath be ushered in. Beloved 
reader, be it your aim in heart, m word, m dress, in action to 
maintain the broad wall, remembering that the fiiendship of this 
world is enmity against God. 

The broad wall aJBForded a pleasant place of resort for the 
mhabitants of Jerusalem, from which they could command 
prospects of the surrounding country. This reminds us of the 
Lord's exceeding broad commandments, in which we walk at 
liberty in communion with Jesus, overlooking the scenes of 
earth, and lookmg out towards the glories of heaven. Separated 
from the world, and denying ourselves all ungodhness and 
fleshly lusts, we are nevertheless not in prison, nor restricted 
within narrow bounds; nay, we walk at hberty, because we keep 
His precepts. Come, reader, this evening walk with God in His 
statutes. As fiiend met fiiend upon the city wall, so meet thou 
thy God in the way of holy prayer and meditation. The 


bulwarks of salvation thou hast a right to traverse, for thou art a 
freeman of the royal burgh, a citizen of the metropohs of the 

Charles H. Spurgeon in Morning and Evening 
McDonald Pubhshing Co. 
Selected by Martha Wagner 

Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread 

As I thought over our Lord's prayer phrase by phrase, my 
thoughts on this part komediately went to our daUy physical 
needs. We are askmg God to supply our needs physically. We 
need to eat and drink. We need clothes to wear. We might be 
askmg for good health and a warm, dry home. We know aU 
these things are blessings direct from the hand of God. We are 
to ask Him for such things and thank EGm for answering our 

Recently we heard an mspirmg message on "The Bread of 
Life." Since then I have come to see this phrase m a new hght. 
All of the above may be mcluded m "Give us this day our daily 
bread," but it pales in comparison to askmg for the Bread of 
Life. "Lord, feed us daily with the Bread of Life!" Hymn #342 
in our httle black hymnbook says. "Our daily meat, Lord, let it 
be Thy will to do and follow Thee. " The Bread and Water of 
Life is the Lord Jesus Christ Hunself We are to be filled with 
Him daily. He is our sustaming nourishment. Without Him we 
will die. He is all we need. Jesus Christ is all-knportant. 
Without Hkn all the physical blessmgs we could ask for are 
fiitile, empty, and vain. 

Soon after our Lord gave us His prayer. He taught us, 
"Therefore, take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or 
What shall we drink? or Wherewithal shall we he clothed? 


(For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your 
heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 
But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness; and 
aU these things shall be added imto you" (Matt. 6:31-33) 

It is much more important to implore our Father in heaven 
for the Bread of Life than for any earthly blessings we may 
need. Jesus says if we seek Hini first and seek His kingdom 
foremost in our fives, our daily physical needs will be met. Too 
often we get the cart before the horse, so to speak. I befieve we 
will be given aU we need to reflect His goodness. His 
righteousness, and His kmgdom. We can't look forward to 
prosperity while foUowing Christ and partakmg of Hhn. Instead 
we look forward to suffering, brokenness, and death to the 
camal man. 

May we all be thankfiil for the bountiful blessmg God has 
given us as we feed and drink of Ffim freely. 

(Reprinted from October-November, 2005) 
Peter Cover, Tuolumne, California 


One hundred and ninety years ago near the village of 
Banbridge, County Down, Ireland, a baby boy was bom. His 
Irish mother called him Joseph. 

The parents of Joseph made sure that he received a good 
education. In 1842, he graduated from Trinity College, Dublin, 
) with a bachelor of arts degree. 

^ Now a young man with a quarter century behind him, 

1 Joseph felt the sharp pangs of tragedy strike for the first tune, 

j The young Irish lass whom he intended to marry was throAvn 

] fiom a horse while crossing the Ban River and was drowned. 

In his sorrow, Joseph turned his hfe course away from his 
native fr eland and by the middle of the eighteen hundreds had 


emigrated to Canada. In a little raral village called BaiHeboro, 
outside the beautifiil city of Peterboro, Ontario, Joseph became 
the private tutor to the children of a fartuly caUed PengeUy. 

The two thousand acre PengeUy farm on the banks of Rice 
Lake was the scene of many happy moments for him, teaching 
the PengeUy chUdren, ministering in the farm's log chapel buUt 
for the pioneer famUies (for Joseph was a foUower of Jesus 
Christ), and he found the love of a beautiful young lady of 
twenty-three, the niece of Commander PengeUy, But that love 
was to be short-Uved. Once again the plans for a wedding were 
cut short when his second fiancee died foUowing a brief Ulness. 
At the age of twenty-three she went to be with her new found 

Though a Christian's heart does not sorrow over death, as 
those without hope, one can fuUy sympathize with the young 
Irishman over this second tragic loss of a sweetheart. 

Joseph never married. On an August night in 1886, he 
became Ul, and, flushed with fever wandered out of the house. 
On the morning of August 10, after an aU night search, his 
fiiends foimd him on the banks of Rice Lake in an attitude of 
prayer, but his spirit had fled his body. Tenderly he was laid to 
rest in the httle PengeUy cemetery at Port Hope, Ontario, beside 
the mortal remains of her whom he loved so weU. 

During thirty-one winters, the snows of Ontario covered the 
graves on the hUl. And no one seemed to notice. But one day 
an amazing thing happened. 

The Premier of Ontario, Canada, and 6,000 people gathered 
by the graves of Joseph and his sweetheart EUza Catherine, to 
dedicate a monument thirteen feet high to the memory of the 
Irish immigrant whose name was Joseph Scriven. On that 
occasion. Premier E. C. Drury of Ontario paid this tribute: 

"He did not buUd a raUway or amass a fortxme. But he did 
more than that. He contributed a thought that wUl outhve 
railroads and fortunes. It wUl go on enriching the Uves of men. 


when other things of a material nature have crumbled and 

What was the thought he contributed? Out of hfe's 
tragedies he had discovered the greatest truth of all! Just prior 
to his death a friend found among Joseph's belongings, a bit of 
paper on which a poem was scrawled. 

You may not remember the name, Joseph Scriven, but you'U 
remember the message he left to the world. 

Scriven origmally called his poem "I*ray Without Ceasmg," 
written after the death of Eliza, and particularly to comfort his 
grieving mother in Ireland. It was later called "What a Friend 
We Have in Jesus." 

What a Friend we have in Jesus, All our sins and griefs to bear! 
What a privilege to carry, Everything to God in prayer! 
O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear, 
AH because we do not carry. Everything to God in prayer. 

Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anj^where? 
We should never be discouraged. Take it to the Lord in prayer. 
Can we find a friend so faithfiil. Who wiU aU our sorrows share? 
Jesus knows oiir every weakness. Take it to the Lord in prayer. 

Are we weak and heavy laden. Cumbered with a load of care? 

Precious Savior, stiU our reflige. Take it to the Lord in prayer. 

Do thy friends despise, forsake thee? Take it to the Lord in 


In His arms He'U take and shield thee. Thou wilt find a solace 


By Bob Bowman 
In The Log of the Good Ship Grace, Sepember,1974 

Our main business is not to see what hes dimly in the 
distance but to do what hes clearly at hand. Selected 



A builder builded a temple; 
He wrought it with grace and skill; 
Pillars and groins and arches 
All fashioned to work his wiU. 
Men said as they saw its beauty, 
"It shall never know decay. 
Great is thy skiU, O builder: 
Thy fame shall endiire for aye. " 

A teacher builded a temple 
With lovmg and infinite care, 
Planning each arch with patience. 
Laying each stone with prayer. 
None praised her unceasing eJBForts; 
None knew of her wondrous plan. 
For the temple the teacher builded 
Was unseen by the eyes of man. 

Gone is the builder's temple. 

Crumbled into dust; 

Low lies each stately piUar, 

Food for consuming rust. 

But the temple the teacher builded 

Will last whUe the ages roU, 

For that beautifiil, imseen temple 

Is a child's immortal soul. 

—Author unknown 

If people would do what they should, they would not have 
time to do what they should not. Selected 


A Worshipful Attitude During the Devotional Period 

What is worship? Worship is honor, respect, or reverence 
given to someone or something. When worship is voluntary 
and spontaneous, it becomes an attitude of the heart and mind. 
Every teacher should endeavor to maintain this worshipfiil 
attitude in each devotional period. 

To maintain a worshipful attitude, the devotional leader 
must be inspired. Inspiration comes from study and 
preparation. The more familiar we become with our subject and 
the better we imderstand it, the more inspired we will be. 

Student participation helps maintain a -worship attitude. 
Ask questions that require answers. Allow students to select 
songs. If a portion of the Scriptures wiU be read, have students 
take turns reading a verse at a time or responsively. 

Student attentiort is essential for maintaining a worshipfiil 
attitude. Are students' eyes wandering or their hands occupied? 
Require their attention to be focused on the devotional leader, 
desk tops cleared of unnecessary items, desk hds closed, and 
their feet on the floor. Taking notes helps focus on devotions. 

Choose topics that match the age level of students in an 
effort to maintam a worshipful attitude. Bible stories told 
simply inspire httle ones, but upper grade students enjoy having 
some practical truths drawn from these Bible accounts. 

Respect the time allotted for the devotional period to help 
maintain a worshipful attitude. A lengthy devotional is apt to 
tire the mind and create hstlessness. Habitually taking more 
than the allotted time tends to create boredom from the start. 

When the devotional period is also a worship experience, 
the teacher and the students are better prepared to face the day. 
--By Wendell KEberly, 
The Christian School Builder, March 1994 



Alyssa Beery WiUiamsport, Indiana October 25 
Praise God for another dear soul deciding to foUow the 
Savior. May she serve in His Kingdom all her days. 

Divisions are the work of sin 
When Satan seeks to enter ui 
To scatter love and peace and joy 
And aU the work of God destroy. 

Divisions we are told to shun; 
God wants His people to be one. 
Love binds together with such ties 
And the power of sin defies. 

Divisions in the family show 

The sum of misery and woe, 

And in the Church divisions are 

The proof^ and show the loss of power. 

Divisions in the Church of God 
Whom He has purchased with His blood? 
No! In the garden, God the Son 
Prayed that His people might be one. 
J. I. Cover 
This poem of my father's written years ago finds agreement 
m my heart. In our time tragic divisions are taking place— in the 
church congregations and ia the homes. If these divisions must 
be in our congregations, may it be only organizational. May we 
retain love, respect, and communication. If these are lost, we 
are divided indeed, and may God have mercy on us. — L.C. 

T HE Pn.GRlM 13 


JACOB GIBBEL, son of Jacob Depin and Lizzie A. 
(Hosetter) Gibbel, was bom January 4, 1922, in Berks County, 
Pennsylvania. He passed away October 25, 2009, at Rest 
Haven, Greenville, Ohio. 

When Jacob was ten years old his father died; when he was 
twelve his mother died. He lived with his married brother, 
Ruflis, helping on the farm and running a bulldozer. 

In 1939 he answered the call and was baptized in the 
Frystown Dunkard Brethren Church, PA. Jacob was installed 
as a deacon in the early 1960's. They joined the Old Brethren 
Church in 1990. 

On March 31, 1945, he married Mary Anna Brumbaugh at 
her home near Potsdam, Ohio, and they were blessed with one 
son and two daughters; however, Linda Hved only a few hours. 
Mary passed two years ago, on October 24, 2007. 

Most of their years Jake worked as a heavy equipment 
operator in Ohio. They hved in Pennsylvania, helping church 
and community members, moved to Homestead, Florida, 
Collins, Mississippi, then back to Greenville, Ohio, in 1998 to 
be closer to the Old Brethren . 

He is survived by son Richard and his wife, Barbara; and 
daughter, Dixie Heisey and husband, E>uane; five grandchildren; 
eleven great grandchildren; and two great, great grandchildren 
and many nephews and nieces. Besides his wife, Mary, 
daughter Linda, and his parents, his sibUngs, brother Rufiis, 
sisters. May Myers and Amy Kegerreis have gone on before 

Funeral services were October 29th at the Kreitzer Funeral 
Home, Arcanum, Ohio, with Elders Tom Royer and Daniel 
Beery officiating. Burial was at the Mote Cemetery near 
Pittsburgh, using hymns Remember Me and others. 

We commit him into the hands of our Heavenly Father. 





We thank Thee, O Father, for all that is bright— 
The gleam of the day and the stars of the night, 
The flowers of our youth and the fruits of our prime. 
And blessings that march down the pathway of time. 

We thank Thee, O Father, for aU that is drear— 
The sob of the tempted, the flow of the tear; 
For never in bhndness and never in vain, 
Thy mercy permitted a sorrow or pain. 

We thank Thee, O Father, for song and for feast— 
The harvest that glowed and the wealth that increased; 
For never a blessing encompassed earth's child. 
But Thou in Thy mercy looked downward and smiled. 

We thank Thee, O Father of ah, for the power 
Of aidmg each other in Ufe's darkest hour— 
The generous heart, and the bountifixl hand, 
And all the soul help that sad souls understand. 

We thank Thee, O Father, for days yet to be— 
For hopes that our future will caU us to Thee, 
That aU o\ir eternity forms, through Thy love. 
One Thanksgiving Day in the mansions above. 

~Wm Carleton 
From Poems for Our Boys and Girls 

TflE Pn.GRlM 15 

Study these Thanksgiving verses. See how many of the blanks 
you can fill without lookiag up the reference. 

1. Psahn 50:14 Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy 
unto the most . 

2. Psalm 95:2 Let us come before his ^with 

thanksgiving and make a joyfiil ^unto him with 


3. Psahn 100:4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and 

into his courts with : be ^utito him, and 

bless his name. 

4. Jonah 2:9 But I will ^unto thee with the 

voice of thanksgiviag; I will pay that that I have ^___ . 

Salvation is of the Lord. 

5. n Corinthians 4:15 For all things are for your sakes, that 
the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of 
many to the glory of God. 

6. II Corinthians 9:11 Being in every thing to all 

bountifixhiess, which through us thanksgiving to 


7. Phihppians 4:6 Be carefiil for ; but in every 

thing by prayer and with thanksgiving let your 

requests be made known xmto God. 

8. Colossians 2:7 and built up m him, and 

in the faith, as ye have been taught, aboundmg 

therein with thanksgiving. 

9. Colossians 4:2 Continue m , and watch in the 

same Avith thanksgiving. 

10. I Timothy 4:4 For every of God is good, and 

nothing to be , if it be received with thanksgiving. 


A little pig will squeal and squeal 
When it is hungiy for a meal. 
It does not bow its head and pray 
For food that comes to it each day. 
It gobbles down its food too fast, 
Then settles m the mud at last. 

Now hsten, dears, and you wiU know. 

That children never should act so. 

They should not whine, nor should they squeal 

When they are hungry for a meal. 

With patience they should wait for meals, 

And sing, instead of giviag squeals. 

And they should pray before they eat 
To thank the Lord for bread and meat 
Please, do not gobble down your food. 
But eat hke httle children should. 

~ Margaret Horst Yoder 
From Poems for Memorization 







VOL. 56 DECEMBER. 2009 No. 12 

"And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the 
Saviour of the world." (I John 4: 14) 


The friendly Christmas spirit 
Has gone from door to door 
In towns and in the country 
To bring us joy once more. 

It makes the passing stranger 
Seem ahnost hke a friend. 
It multipHes the greetings, 
And smiles have no end. 

It speaks of cheerftil givmg, 
And, "Peace, goodwill to men." 
But when the season's over, 
Where is the feeling then? 

Oh, that the Christ-Hke spirit 
Would have the strength and sway 
The pleasant Christmas spirit 
Holds o'er our land today! 

Then peace and love would render 
Their blessings deep and true. 
And melodies of gladness 
Would last the whole year through! 
-Mary Elaine Miller in My Home by the River 

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"O to be like Thee, Blessed Redeemer!" We sing with 
sincere longing, but do we really know what we are asking? 

Jesus, the Son of God, Co-Creator, JCing of the universe, 
was bom in a stable, laid in a manger; reared by ordinary, 
humble mother and step-father in Nazareth, a poor, "dirty 
village." {Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?) We are 
without the titles or the divmity. For us the step down would 
not be so great. But would we choose to be bom and reared 
this way? Do we know what we sing? 

Consider the story about a Dauphin, (the oldest son of a 
French king.) The boy is dying, and his parents and aU the 
attendants of the palace are weeping for him He calls for 
soldiers and cannon to defend him from death. He asks the 
priest if his friend might die in his place if he gave him a lot of 
money. At last he orders that his richest clothes be brought so 
he might be recognized in heaven as a king's son. To all this, 
the priest teUs him it is false hope. The boy then bitterly cries, 
"Why, then, to be a Dauphin is nothing at all!" 

We on earth, like the Dauphin in the story, have false hopes 
about any greatness of our own. But Jesus gave up His divine 
privileges and lived among us~even being tempted hke us, yet 
without sin. O to be like Thee, Blessed Redeemer! 

At this tune of year, minds are turned to Jesus in the 
manger. We sing of the message of the angels: "Peace on 
earth; good will toward men." We cherish the "tidings of great 
joy which shall be to all people." But do we understand the 
sacrifice Jesus made to bring this peace from God? He 
prophesied to His disciples, "Behold, we go up to Jemsalem; 
and the Son of man shall be betrayed unto the chief priests and 


unto the sciibes, and they shall condemn him to death, and shall 
dehver hun to the Gentiles to mock, and to scourge, and to 
crucify him. . ." Do we still want to smg the song? But Jesus 
finishes ". . .and the third day he shall rise again." We want to 
be hke Hun in His resurrection. Here the tidiags of great joy 
are fulfilled. 

When Adam and Eve disobeyed, man fell fi-om God's favor. 
Now God had a controversy with His people. But God devised 
a plan for our salvation even before man fell. "(Jesus) his own 
self bare our sms in his own body on the tree, that we bemg 
dead to sms, should hve unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye 
were healed." (I Peter 2:24) 

O to be like Thee, Blessed Redeemer! ~L.C. 


Arid forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors 
This subject is so vital to each Christian. To be forgiven, 
we must forgive. To be forgiving means we will be forgiven. 

Christ left us with a very monumental choice here in this 
phrase of our Lord's prayer. The forgiveness we all need is 
contmgent on our wiUmgness to forgive others. There is not 
one of us that hasn't faced this situation before. Forgive if you 
want to be forgiven. 

What is forgiveness? To forgive a debt would mean to 
write "PAID" across an unpaid bill. It would mean to no longer 
require any compensation for a product we supphed or a service 
we rendered. Forgiveness means no longer holdmg another 
accountable for a wrong that was committed against us. 
Forgiveness seems so simple to explain and completely 
beyond mortal man to attam. Forgiveness cannot be done with 
selfish motives or hoping for something m return. True 
forgiveness allows us to go forward, always. Without true 
forgiveness we wUl disintegrate, always. 


So, what is true forgiveness? It is no longer feeling the pain 
of a wound kiflicted by a brother or sister, friend or foe. I 
would insert here that it is no longer feeling the pain; the 
incident which caused the wound may be a permanent memory, 
but the pain associated with it must not be. 

True forgiveness is the opposite of holding a grudge. It is 
the uprooting of bitterness. It plucks out the seeds of discord 
among brethren. 

I stated earher that forgiveness cannot be attained by mortal 
man alone. I beheve that. We have Christ's perfect example of 
forgiveness as He hung dying on the cross with the penalty for 
all our sins weighing Him down. As the blood flowed, He cried 
in intense pain, "Father, forgive them for they know not what 
they do." Those words resoimd through time down to us. We 
are forgiven through that perfect sacrifice, and we also can 
understand how to forgive. We can think, "If Christ forgave 
me, I should also forgive my brother." But more importantly, 
we must think, "If Christ forgave my brother, then what right 
do I have not to forgive him?" 

Are we willing to forgive those who trespass against us? 
The wound they inflict may be deep. Even if the consequences 
are stUl aflfecting you, you stUl need to forgive. You wdU not 
find peace until you can write "PAID" across that trespass— paid 
for by the blood of Jesus. The peace that will flow in once the 
step is made is beyond words and knows no end. 
(Repiinted from December, 2005) 

Peter Cover, Tuolumne, Cahfomia 


This is a stoiy that took place more than seventy-five years 
ago in Communist Russia. Surely, the freedom to worship God 
unhindered is a precious freedom indeed! 


Many years have passed, but how well we recall Peter 
Komad! It was Christmas Eve, and none of us who were there 
that night wiU ever forget how he stood before us, gaunt, tail, 
and shghtly bent from peering through his heavy gold-rimmed 
glasses. Silvery hair fringed his bald head, and he nodded 
slowly as he spoke to us. 

"My friends," he said, "let us all remember this night in the 
troubled days that are surely coming for us. It might seem to us 
that the light has left our land, but let us not lose faith in God 
and the Saviour." 

For more than twenty years Peter Konrad had taught the 
children of the village of Grossfeld, deep in the heart of the 
Ukrame. Teaching was his whole life, and every year there was 
a new crop of bright-eyed youngsters m the school that stood m 
the center of the Httle village. Havmg never married, he looked 
on his students as his own special farmly. 

Nmeteen hundred and twenty-four was nearly gone, and 
spiritual gloom that had fallen on Russia was much deeper than 
any starless night. "Lenin is our father! There is no god! 
Workers of the world, unite! Down with the kulaki!" These 
dreadfiil slogans rang through the land, and God-fearing men 
trembled. Slowly, but always more emphatically, the 
government enforced the new order. Five years they had given 
themselves to eradicate Christianity, and they knew where to 
begin. All rehgious instruction was forbidden in the pubHc 

On the momiag of December first. Teacher Konrad stood 
before the children, who had just sung the morning hymn, which 
he had followed by a brief, fervent prayer. His voice was sad 
and troubled as he spoke to them. 

"Children," he said, "it is hard for us to understand why 
these terrible things happen, but God stiU wants us to beUeve 
and trust in Him. Today I must tell you that a new order has 
come from the government, forbidding aU Christian observances 


in the schools. We know that Christ was bom to be our Savior, 
and in our hearts we will again rejoice because of His birth. 
Perhaps we shall find a way to have our usual worship service 
together. " 

Grossfeld had never had a church, being part of the 
congregation of neighboring Linden. So each year on 
Christmas Eve young and old had gathered ia the school to hear 
the tuneless songs of Christ's buth, and to hsten with reverent 
joy to Teacher Konrad's simple message of God's love. This 
had become a hallowed tradition, and it seemed incredible that 
now it should end. 

December was unusually rruld that year. There was one 
hght snowfaU which soon turned to rain, and the warm air 
continued to blow from the south, day after day. As long as 
anyone could remember, there had never been such a mil d 

Opposite the school, on the other side of the wide street lay 
the "Wirtschaft" of Jakob Schmidt, Peter's best jfriend. He had 
heard of the new ruUng of the government, and it troubled him 
to see his friend's anxiety. Surely some way should be found to 
give the children their beloved "HeUige Abend." 

When he looked out of his bam door on the monung of 
December 23, and saw the water lying in shining pools on his 
yard, he suddenly got an insphation. "Anna," he said to his 
wife, who had come to call him for breakfast, "Why can't we 
have 'Heihge Abend' in our bam? If we put up the little iron 
stove and keep it going all afternoon, the bam would be warm 
enough. I'm gomg to talk to Peter as soon as I've had my 
breakfast. " 

That same day the message went from door to door. At the 
school there was great excitement and an air of eager 
expectation, as Hnes and songs were given their fiaal pohsh. 

It grew dark early that evening, and soon people began to 
arrive, guided along the wet street by the dkn hght of lanterns. 

2009 INDEX 


A Hundred Rules . . .for Children -Lester Showalter Feb 

A Faithful Teacher -Vindicator and Family Life Dec 

Articles on Church etiquette -Sel Jun-Jul 

A Tender Heart -G. D. Watson Oct 

A Thief in Our House -Don W. Hillis Jan 
A Worshipful Attitude. . .Devotional Period -Wendell Eberly Nov 

Christ Brings Freedom -Jesse Martin Jun-Jul 
Christianity, the Big "Put On" -Earl Barton Aug-Sep,C)ct 

Do You Really Care? -Nancy Oyler Jun-Jul 

Ears to Hear -Joseph E. Wagner Feb 

Esteem Them Very Highly -Sel by Tim & Linda Royer Apr 

Evening -Charles Spurgeon, Sel by Martha Wagner Nov 

Experience in Haiti, 2009 -L.C.& M.C. Aug-Sep 

Grace -Sel by Shane Oberholzer Mar 

Home -Jesse Martin Nov 

How Do You Serve God? -Neil Martin Mar 
Husband & Wife Communication -Daniel Hartzler 

Sel by Herman Royer Feb 
Imitation of Christ -Thomas A Kempis Sel 

Jan,Feb,Mar,May, Jun-Jul 

Interesting Letter-May 30, 1 985 -John Drudge Aug-Sep 

Is It Nothing to You? -Walter A. Maier Apr 

Jesus Suffered for Me -L. C. Apr 

Joseph Scriven Hymn Story -Bob Bowman -Sel Nov 

Left Behind -H. H. Mattison May 

Mother -L.C. May 

Precious Things -L.C, Oct 

Resolutions for 2009 -L.C. Jan 
Sermon Notes Pure Hearts -Daniel Beery -Notes by Rosanna Royer Mar 

Some Thoughts on Hospitality -William Johnson Aug-Sep 

Thanksgiving in Trials -L.C, Nov 
The Lord's Prayer -Peter Cover May,Jun-Jul,Aug-Sep,Oct,Nov,Dec 

The Message of the Carols -L.C. Dec 

The Principal Thing -L.C. Mar 

The Temple of God -Joseph Wagner Mar 

The Virtuous Woman -Nancy Beidler Mar 

Thistles and Sin -L.C. Jun-Jul 

ToBeLike Jesus -L.C. Dec 

Tried and Tempered -Joseph Wagner Oct 

Warm or Cold -L.C. Feb 

With Love from Mother -Mary Ann Martin May 


A Christian's Request -Ben Cover Mar 

A New Year - Sel Jan 

A Reverie. . . of John the Beloved -By H.J.S.B, -Sel Jan 

Brokenness -Miriam J. Sauder Jun-Jul 

Building A Temple -Sel Nov 

Diamond in the Rough -Sel Oct 

Divisions -J. I. Cover Nov 

Follow Me -M. B. Sleight Oct 

God of Our Fathers -Daniel C. Roberts Nov 

He Is Risen -Guy Hootman Apr 

How Much We Owe -Sel by Norman Sauder Apr 

Humility, Thou Secret Vale -William G. Schell Feb 

Making Bread -Sarah Martin Dec 

Mother -Mary E. Miller May 

My Brother -Guy Hootman Mar 

My New Year Aim -Pearl Howard Jan 
No Disappointment in Heaven -F. M. Lehman 

Sel by Mervin & Gloria Hilty Mar 

No Room? -L. H, Burkholder in Wee Lambs Dec 

One Thing More -Sel Jan 

Only Just A Minute -Sel Jan 

The Best Tribute -Mary E. Miller May 

The Cross Was His Own -Sel Apr 

The Christmas Spirit - Mary Elaine Miller Dec 

The Refiner's Fire -Sel Aug-Sep 

The Resurrection -J. I. Cover Apr 

The Teacher -Leslie P. Hill Aug-Sep 

Trust -Mary E. Miller Feb 

Victory- Sharon Pletcher -Sel. by Justin & Orpha Meyers Jan 

Sermon quotes: 

"We prove our faith by the hfe we hve. " 
"Christians are the preserving element of the world." 
Sam and Rosaima Royer 


Hans Bayer 

Mar 29 

Eric Skiles 

Jul 26 

Jubal Bayer 

Mar 29 

Rosanna Stalter 

Aug 9 

Joseph Tate 

Apr 12 

Nathan Tate 

Aug 9 

Michelle Guthrey 


Alyssa Beery 

Oct 25 

Melody Royer 

Jul 3 

Katrine Martin 

Nov 22 

Judith Martin 

Jul 3 

Garritt Golding 

Nov 22 

Evan Martin 

Jul 3 


Vanessa Nicole Wagner Jan 14 
Marshal Avery Stalter Jan 3 1 
Alanna Cherish Beery Feb 2 
Kate Elizabeth Johnson Feb 22 
Hans David Harris Feb 25 

Kelsie Deann Wagner Dec. 6, 07 
Rec'd by adoption Mar 12,09 
Janessa Paige Royer Mar 17 

Braxton Craig Royer Apr 3 

Joelle Brooke Royer Apr 14 

Jasmine Willow Royer Apr 15 
April Erin Royer Dec 2,08 

Rec'd by adoption Apr 29,09 

Janae Leann Golding 
Kezia Jo Moser 
Matthew Alex Coning 
Payton Melissa Royer 
Kayla Nicole Cover 
Jadon Will Martin 
Ezra Leroy Huffman 
Landon Daniel Frick 
Nettie Ann Martin 
Autumn Rose Flora 
Shaniah Dawn Meyers 
Britney Shea Martin 

May 31 
Jul 6 
Jul 6 
Aug 7 
Aug 24 
Aug 27 
Sep 12 
Oct 6 
Nov 8 
Nov 21 

Dr. Thomas R. Anderson June 14, 1954 - November 27, 2008 
Jacob Gibbel January 4, 1 922 - October 25 , 2009 

Ian Savage and Charlesta Hilty March 28 
Marcus Royer and Diana Stalter June 20 
Randy Brown and Laura Ordway July 4 


Blessed Are the Young People -David & Elva Royer 

Do Not Let Go My Hand -Lora Huffman 

Bible Quiz 

Another Bible Quiz 

Of Puzzles -Susanna K. Tate 

Bible Quiz 

Our Commitment for This Year -Luke Bennetch 

Bible Events 

A Thankfijl Spirit -Will Carleton 

Thanksgiving Verses -Fill the blanks 

The Odds Are Against Evolution -Pulpit Helps 

Twelve Spies and Giants -Linda Frick 
A Bridled Tongue -Martha J. Wagner 
Behaving Wisely -Linda Frick 
Sorry But Wiser -Wee Lambs 
Nancy and Rex -The Church Correspondent 
A Lesson From A Blind Girl -Jean Martin 
Me Want Drink -Ruth H. Landis in Wee Lambs 
A Cup of Cold Water -Martha J. Wagner 
When Children Eat -Margaret H. Yoder 
No Room -Wee Lambs 






















The old year to us now is gone 

The new year takes its place; 

And may it bring to every one 

New love, new joy, new peace. (Hymn #340) 

... is our greeting to you, our faitlifiil supporters, as we review 

volume #55 of The PUgrim. Thank you to Bill Miller for 

another year of address labels, to Sarah Martin for updates and 

the index, and writers who've shared. The Yellow Creek 

Brethren and others have given iinancially, but we still depend 

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Because of Jesus, Leslie and Martha Cover 


Parents can-yiug tlieii- little ones, and groups of young people, 
some helping the old and feeble, all had the same destination. 
One by one the oil lamps in the homes were quenched, and 
when the last party had passed through the bam door, the whole 
village was dark. 

Farmer Schmidt's stable had two main sections. One end 
housed his hvestock, while hay, straw, and his fa rmin g 
machinery were stored in the larger section. Here he had 
cleared a space large enough to hold the two hundred men, 
women, and children who were now waiting quietly for Peter 
Konrad to begin his service. The httle potbeUied stove had 
taken the dampness out of the air. The only light came from 
two lanterns that were hung above the improvised stage. Their 
meager rays were lost in the high rafters, where pigeons cooed 
drowsily. Through the open door that led to the cow stable 
came the crunching noise of feeding animals. There were no 
windows here that might have revealed the unusual gathering. 

With deep reverence the people of Grossfeld hstened as 
Teacher Konrad read the sacred story from Luke's Gospel. 
When he came to the words, "and she wrapped Him in 
swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger; because there was 
no room for them in the inn," he paused, and there was a 
breathless silence. Young and old realized the unspoken 
significance. Never before, even in the most beautifully 
decorated church or festive home, had this great truth spoken to 
their hearts as it did now in the dark stable, with the forces of 
evil rampant in the land. 

In fine order the children presented their program. Sweetly 
they sang of the shepherds, the angels, and the Child in the 
manger, and for an hour the people forgot about then- 
adversities and care, and the wonderfiil story lifted their hearts 
and filled them with hallowed joy. 

Unknown to the devout worshippers in the stable, a rider 
had entered the dark viUage, and had stopped in front of the 


school. Tlie light breeze had died down completely, and the 
night was silent as a tomb. For awhile neither horse nor rider 
moved, but suddenly the horse cocked his ears and turned his 
head toward the farmstead across the street. The rider listened 
intently and now, earned faintly on the night air, he could hear 
the sound of singmg, the singuig of children. He waited a few 
minutes more, then quietly turned his horse and left. No one 
had seen him come or go. 

After the last song was sung and the last verse recited, Peter 
Konrad rose to speak his final words. "Dear fiiends," he began, 
"tonight my heart is fiiU to overflowing. Once more we have 
heard the precious story. God in His heaven alone knows 
whether we shall ever meet this way again. But whatever 
happens to us m the days to come, we can be sure of one thing: 
Christ has promised to be with us to the end of the world. Go 
home now, my fiiends, and take this precious promise with you. 

"And you dear children, who are so close to my heart, may 
you never forget this night. It could well be that I'll soon have 
to leave you, and that others will become your teachers. They 
wiU teU you that the story of Christ's birth is only a fable or a 
fairy tale. I pray for you, that then your faith may be strong. 
Hold fast to Jesus, your Saviour, and God bless you all." 
He was the last to leave the stable, and now, as he walked 
toward his lonely rooms, a great peace filled his heart. Fear and 
anxiety for the fiiture had left him, and he fell into dreamless 

At midnight there was a knock on the door. When he 
opened it, he saw the dim outhnes of several horsemen. In gruff 
tones, then- leader told him to dress quickly and pack what he 
could caiTy. They made him walk ahead of them down the 
muddy street, and so they left the village. No one ever saw him 

Some of the people of Giossfeld were able to leave that 
unhappy land to find another home where there was freedom 


and a new life. There were also those who followed Peter 
Konrad into banishment. But wherever that httle flock may be 
scattered, they aU remember the tall, gray-haired man who 
spoke those unforgettable words in Jakob Schmidt's dimly-lit 
stable that long ago Christmas Eve. 

Reprinted from The Vindicator, Dec. 1970 
and Family Life, Dec. 2002 


Katrine Martin New Paris, Indiana November 22 

Garritt Golding Wakarusa, Indiana November 22 

We trust that these dear young Christians will fill then- 
places in the Kingdom by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

MEYERS - A daughter, Shaniah Dawn, bom November 8 to 
Justin and Orpha Meyers of Goshen, Indiana. 
MARTIN - A daughter, Britney Shea, bom November 21 to 
Micah and Laura Martin of New Paris, Indiana. 


It came upon a midnight clear, while shepherds watched 
their flocks by night, that Jesus Christ was bom. It was a sHent 
night, a holy night m the httle town of Bethlehem that joy came 
to the world. O come aU ye faithfiil to worship and adore Hun. 
Come aU ye shepherds that hear the angels on high; come three 
kings of Orient following the beautiliil star of Bethlehem. 
Hither ye faithfiil! Christ is bom in Bethlehem away in a 
manger. Jesus, Thou didst leave Thy throne and Thy kingly 
crown; heralded by the star of the East, You brought the 
unsearchable riches. O come let us adore Him, Christ, the 
Lord. Glory be to God! -L.C. 



Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of 
heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in 
three measures of meal, tiU the whole was leavened. 

Matthew 13:33 

Lord, this parable is about making bread 
On home's floured counter, in the verse I have read. 
A woman is taking three measures fine meal. 
Hiding the leaven, mixing with love and skill; 
Kneadmg the bread dough, then letting it rise, 
Fashioning loaves into soft bread children prize. 

Lord, this parable is about girls and boys 
In the home amidst laundry, clutter, and toys. 
A mother takes the measures she's given, 
Tells them of Jesus, His way is the leaven; 
Teaches and trains them, hoping they will rise 
To meet their day's challenge, and wm the prize. 

Lord, this parable is more real to me when 
I'm home amidst duty rearing boys into men. 
At breakfast, at dinner, and at suppertime 
I fail so often— need Your leaven divine 
To soften my heart, make it whoUy arise 
Through Thy blessed Word, there we aU win the prize. 

Sarah Martin 
New Madison, Ohio 

Fnst talk to God about your children- 
then talk to your children about God. 




Examine natural law and you cannot help reaching the 
conclusion that He who put it aU together and makes it flmction 
so perfectly must be all- wise. Dr. A. Cressy Morrison, former 
president of the New York Academy of Sciences, in his book 
Man Does Not Stand Alone, was absolutely right when he 
pointed out that one of the reasons he beheves m the existence 
of God is that, by unwavering mathematical law, we can prove 
that our universe was designed and executed by a great 
engineering Intelligence (Logos): 

Suppose you put ten pennies, marked from one to ten, into 
your pocket and give them a good shufQe. Now try to take 
them out ui sequence from one to ten, putting back the coin 
each time and shaking them all again. Mathematically, we 
know that your chance of first drawing number one is one in 
ten; of drawing one and two in succession one in 100; of 
drawing one, two, and three in succession, one in 1,000, and so 
on; your chance of drawing them all, from number one to 
number ten in succession, would reach the unbelievable figure 
of one in ten biUion. 

By the same reasoning, so many exacting conditions are 
necessary for fife on the earth that they could not possibly exist 
in proper relationship by chance. The earth rotates on its axis 
1,000 miles an hour at the equator; if it turned at 100 miles an 
hour, our days and nights would be ten times as long as now, 
and the hot sun would likely bum up our vegetation each long 
day, while in the long night any survivmg sprout might well 

(As condensed m The Reader's Digest fro m Man Does Not 
Stand Alone , New York: Fleming H. ReveU Co., 1944.) 

By looking at nature and examining the laws u er which it 
operates and is sustained, we are moved to shout, 4ow great 
Thou ait!" But by lookmg at the cross of Christ we are moved 
to confess, "How loviug Thou art!" 

By Sphos Zodhiates in Pidpit Helps, Oct. 1960, 
pubhshed by AMH Pubhshers, Chattanooga, TN 37422 


No room in the inn for Jesus? 
No room, just a stable of hay. 
With the cattle around and about Him; 
And a manger in which the Child lay. 

No room in the inn for Jesus? 
No room-is that what they said? 
Oh, I would have been so happy 
To give Him my own httle bed. 

L. H. Burkholder In Wee Lambs